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HARRY: WE NEEDED A BREAK

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15:00 2nd February 2013

by @OfficialQPR

R's boss reflects on missed opportunity ...

HARRY REDKNAPP rued two points dropped after QPR were held to a goalless draw by Norwich City.

Adel Taarabt’s second-half penalty miss proved costly as Rangers were frustrated in their search for a breakthrough.

A share of the spoils stretches the R’s unbeaten run in 2013 to five league games and Redknapp couldn’t fault his players, who were disappointed to come away with only a point for their efforts. 

“I couldn’t have asked for any more,” the R’s boss told www.qpr.co.uk. “We just needed a break.

“They gave absolutely everything today, as they have done all year. 

“We haven’t lost a game in the league since the turn of the year. 

“We just need to turn those draws into wins and we didn’t have a better opportunity to do that than today.”

Saturday’s stalemate leaves Rangers three points adrift of safety prior to the rest of the afternoon’s top flight action.

Redknapp knows their fortunes need to change if they are to claw themselves out of trouble.

“We needed three [points] today,” he said.

“But we’re unbeaten since the turn of the year so we’ve just got to keep going. 

“We got a point on Tuesday, looking to get three today but we’ve got to keep going. 

“Hopefully our luck will turn.”

The R’s best chance of the afternoon fell to Taarabt after Jamie Mackie was upended by City goalkeeper Mark Bunn, who made amends by saving the resulting spot-kick.

Redknapp laid no blame at the Moroccan’s feet, though, who was once again the driving force behind most of the R’s attacking play.

“Adel was outstanding again, another fantastic performance,” he said.

“It’s just one of those things. If we’d scored we’d have won the game, no doubt about it.”

The R’s boss was equally pleased with the performance of new signing Chris Samba who, despite a lack of match fitness, lasted 90 minutes on his full debut.

“He was fantastic,” Redknapp said. 

“He hasn’t played since November because of the winter break in Russia. He said he was about 40 per cent fit. 

“If he’s only 40 per cent fit I don’t know what he’ll be like at 100%! 

“He was outstanding; he’s such a good player.” 

Fellow deadline-day recruit Andros Townsend also made a big impression on his first appearance in a Hoops shirt.

He added: “Andros had an outstanding game, absolutely brilliant. He never stopped working. 

“He’s a young player with a great future.”

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