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HARRY: FIRST HALF COST US

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22:00 1st April 2013

by @OfficialQPR

R's boss reflects on Fulham defeat ...

HARRY REDKNAPP rued a ‘disastrous first half’ after three goals in the opening 45 minutes cost QPR defeat at Fulham on Monday night. 

Dimitar Berbatov’s double – the first from the penalty spot – handed the hosts control in the west London derby before Clint Hill’s own goal compiled the R’s misery.

Adel Taarabt renewed hope for Rangers but Mark Schwarzer’s penalty save from Loic Remy soon after the break ultimately proved crucial.

“A disastrous first half cost us,” the R’s boss told www.qpr.co.uk. “They were some of the worst goals you could ever wish to see. 

“You can’t give goals away like that and win football matches.”

Remy made amends for his spot-kick miss by crashing home the R’s second but Redknapp’s side couldn’t muster an equaliser despite pinning Martin Jol’s men back in a one-sided second half. 

The Cottagers were forced to cling on with ten men after Steve Sidwell was dismissed in the closing stages and Redknapp was disappointed his side failed to make their numerical advantage count.

“We absolutely murdered them in the second half,” he added. “We had enough chances to get something from the game.

“I was just disappointed in the last 10 minutes we suddenly stopped passing and started lumping the ball up. 

“When you get the extra man you’ve got to make use of it. We had to be patient and we didn’t do that.”

Monday’s result inflicts a second successive 3-2 defeat on Rangers after suffering a similar fate in the R’s previous outing at Aston Villa.

Redknapp believes Rangers have deserved more from their recent performances and, with 17th-placed Wigan next up at Loftus Road, insists the fight for survival isn't over yet. 

He added: “We’ve not given up. We’ve got to beat Wigan, we’ve got to keep going. 

“It’s getting harder as another game has gone by but I don’t think we should have got beaten at Villa and I don’t think we should have got beaten here today.”

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