Monday 20 November 2017

Story designed to hurt QPR, says Harry

Southampton 1 QPR 2

Simon Peach

QPR manager Harry Redknapp got the perfect birthday present as the Premier League's bottom-placed side took three points from his former club Southampton.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp got the perfect birthday present as the Premier League's bottom-placed side took three points from his former club Southampton.

Victory was the ideal tonic for Redknapp after waking up on his 66th birthday to damning reports of ill-discipline on a recent Dubai training camp.

"They answered all the questions," Redknapp said of his players after the game. "They worked their socks off. That was the hardest I've ever worked the football team in Dubai so when I read that [story] it really hurts me because it is a completely and utterly fabricated story that has got no substance and no truth to it whatsoever.

"I know where the story came from, I know who's done the story and they are trying to make problems for the football club. It didn't come from players. I am sure as I can be that it came from a football agent and I know who did it."

Rather than throw the strugglers off track, though, QPR performed admirably on the south coast and opened the scoring after just 14 minutes through Loic Remy.

Gaston Ramirez equalised following a Julio Cesar fumble just before the break but Jay Bothroyd slotted home Park Ji-Sung's cross in the 77th minute to secure a crucial win for Redknapp's side.

Irish Independent

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