Thursday 14 December 2017

Redknapp remains defiant

Aston Villa 3 Qpr 2

John Curtis

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is refusing to give up hope of escaping relegation despite suffering a damaging defeat at fellow strugglers Aston Villa.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is refusing to give up hope of escaping relegation despite suffering a damaging defeat at fellow strugglers Aston Villa.

Bottom-placed Rangers are now seven points adrift of the safety zone after Christian Benteke's 17th goal of the season finally settled a see-saw game in Villa's favour.

Rangers dominated the opening 45 minutes and deservedly led through Jermaine Jenas, with only a string of fine saves from Villa keeper Brad Guzan keeping the home side in contention.

But Paul Lambert's men equalised on the stroke of half-time through Gabriel Agbonlahor and went ahead through Andreas Weimann. Then, after Andros Townsend made it 2-2, Benteke struck the decider.

Redknapp said: "If we had come in 4-0 up at half-time it would have been about right, wouldn't it? That's the best I've seen us play, during that first half. It was so one-sided, it was unbelievable for an away team to dominate like that.

"It's going to be hard but there are still eight games to go. If we keep playing well, we can win four or five games."

Lambert was elated after Villa achieved back-to-back league wins for the first time in nearly two years.

"Andi Weimann is a phenomenal lad to work with. If he keeps his great enthusiasm for the game throughout his career, he'll have a big career for sure," he said.

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