LOIC Remy and Jay Bothroyd struck as Queens Park Rangers recorded a vital 2-1 win at Southampton this afternoon.
The Rangers duo were on target at St. Mary’s to seal only the R’s third win of the season and three vital Premier League points in the relegation race.
Redknapp rang the changes at St. Mary’s. Ji-Sung Park and Junior Hoilett replaced Adel Taarabt and Jamie Mackie whilst Jay Bothroyd was handed a start in place of the injured Bobby Zamora.
Rangers survived a double penalty appeal in the 12th minute as Adam Lallana and Jason Puncheon both went to ground in the QPR box but referee Howard Webb was unconvinced before QPR took the lead at the other end.
Junior Hoilett showed superb vision on the halfway line to pick out Loic Remy. The Frenchman raced clear, his first touch appeared heavy as he went wide, but it opened up space in the Southampton goal. His effort from 10-yards beat Saints keeper Artur Boruc and with Danny Fox’s efforts on the line proving fruitless, the R’s silenced St. Mary’s as they went 1-0 up.
Chances for both sides were limited with QPR enjoying a period of possession following their opener but on the stroke of half-time Southampton levelled the match up. Keeper Julio Cesar failed to deal with a shot from Jay Rodriguez, palming his effort from outside the box to the feet of Gaston Ramirez. With the R’s defence static it allowed Ramirez to nip in before delicately lifting the ball over the R’s stopper to make it 1-1.
Rangers nearly restored their lead instantly when Granero’s free-kick dropped in the home sides box but Stephen Mbia was blocked before Jay Bothroyd fired wide as referee Howard Webb’s whistle signalled the half-time break.
Six minutes after the restart and Southampton’s Jose Fonte sent Cesar sprawling with a fierce pile driver from 30-yards but fortunately for the R’s it only rippled the side netting before Rodriguez found the top of the net from a similar range for Saints.
Junior Hoilett won a corner for Rangers after Remy had done well to chase down Jenas’ through ball. He held off the attention of two Saints defenders before laying the ball back to R’s winger Junior but he opted to take a touch enabling the Southampton back four enough time to prevent the shot on goal.
QPR were then forced into changing goalkeepers as Cesar went off injured for Robert Green. Cesar had earlier collided with Rodriguez when coming for a cross and despite hobbling on for a further five minutes the Brazilian was unable to continue.
For a second time in the afternoon Rangers found themselves ahead, this time through Jay Bothroyd. Midfielder Ji-Sung Park crafted the goal, doing ever so well to hold off Maya Yoshida on the right wing. Having brushed the defender aside the South Korean picked Bothroyd out inside the 6-yard box with the Rangers striker having the simple task of directing the ball into the net to make it 2-1 on 77 minutes.
Custodian Rob Green then made an unbelievable save to keep QPR ahead when he clawed Jose Fonte’s header back, almost beyond the line, to deny the Southampton skipper an equaliser four minutes from time.
Six minutes of injury time were signalled and QPR were dogged in their approach to see out the match as the 3,000 plus supporters from west London believed that there might be hope yet.