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Redknapp sees reasons to be optimistic

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Harry Redknapp believes QPR have the quality to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season, after watching his side keep a clean sheet and earn a point against Sunderland.

QPR, the bottom side in the top flight, were unable to break the deadlock at the Stadium of Light but avoided conceding - earning a 0-0 draw to ensure Redknapp's official reign as manager began with a positive result.

The west London club remain eight points adrift of safety, but Redknapp believes he has enough quality within the squad to stage a memorable escape from the relegation zone.

"We worked hard and we deserved a point tonight," Redknapp told Sky Sports. "We defended well and denied them chances.

"I feel more optimistic tonight than on Saturday [when QPR lost to Manchester United]. I saw enough tonight to think we can go on a small run and keep ourselves in the pack."

Redknapp's opposite number, Martin O'Neill, was disappointed his side could not capitalise on home advantage to claim all three points.

"I was hoping we would win the game," O'Neill said. "I know QPR will be buoyed by Harry Redknapp's appointment but I thought we could create enough to win.

"There were chances at both ends but it was a frustrating evening."

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