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Redknapp: No regrets over QPR job

ESPN staff
April 26, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Harry Redknapp believes he made the right decision

Harry Redknapp says he still believes he made the right decision in taking the Queens Park Rangers job and put the club's impending relegation down to mere misfortune - especially up front.

QPR's relegation will be confirmed if they fail to beat Reading on Sunday but Redknapp, who replaced Mark Hughes in November, says he has no regrets.

"I have none whatsoever," he said. "I think if you come and work for good people, you enjoy coming to work every day. I think it's unfortunate. If we were getting smashed every week and done awful, I'd be the first to hold my hand up, but we've just been short in one or two key positions.

"There's nothing we could do about that. We had Adel [Taarabt] playing up front on his own. We boxed it up and got draws but, when we opened up, we were in trouble because we didn't have the ammunition. Bobby Zamora has been sent off and Zamora and [Loic] Remy have never had the chance to play together.

"We were just unlucky. As I said many times, the squad ended up being badly balanced. I felt Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora being injured took away the striker. You need people who can score goals. You can't win football matches unless you score. So, that was the problem. Leading goal-scorer five goals - that tells you everything.

"There was nothing we could do about that until the transfer window. We got Loic in and Zamora gets sent off. It's been a bit of a disaster in that respect."

Redknapp, however, refused to give up hope and feels a good run towards the end of the season can embolden the club. He did explain, however, how recent defeats had sapped the energy from the side.

"We've got to keep going. Obviously it's a difficult situation but we've got to keep playing. We're not downing tools. We've trained hard all week and we want to go there and play well [on] Sunday. It's important. I'm looking at people with next year on in mind. We've got a lot to play for.

"This year is difficult now with the situation we're in. We want to pick up as many points as we can. The last few games has knocked the stuffing out of us with how it's gone without really playing that badly.

"If you go back over the Aston Villa, Fulham, Wigan games... I didn't feel we played badly at Stoke. It wasn't a classic game but there was nothing in it really. We lost two key players in the first half in Andros [Townsend] and Adel, which took away our attacking threat, but we've got to keep going."

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