HARRY REDKNAPP firmly believes QPR still ‘have a chance’ of survival after Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Southampton.
Rangers took an early lead through Loic Remy’s clinical finish but were pegged back on the stroke of half-time as Gaston Ramirez pounced for the Saints.
The R’s had the final say, though, as Jay Bothroyd’s 77th minute winner moved Rangers to within four points of safety to hand Redknapp’s men a huge boost in their fight to avoid the drop.
“It’s still going to be tough, but we’ve got a chance,” the R’s boss told www.qpr.co.uk.
“It’s going to be a hard but who knows. We're still in there, that’s what matters.”
Redknapp saluted a gutsy performance from his players, who had to defend without goalkeeper Julio Cesar for the final 16 minutes after the Brazilian came off worst following a collision with Jay Rodriguez.
In his absence, R’s number one Rob Green preserved maximum points for the Hoops, denying the hosts a second equaliser with a magnificent point-blank save from Saints defender Maya Yoshida in the closing stages.
“What a save that was!” Redknapp said. “Absolutely world class.
“Everybody worked hard, they all put a shift in. That’s all I can ask.
“We’ve come here today and worked our socks off, that’s all we can do.”
Redknapp dedicated victory to the long-suffering QPR faithful as the R's clung on for just their third win of the season.
Over 3,000 ardent Rangers fans were rewarded for the trip from west London as the final whistle sparked jubilation amongst the visiting support.
Redknapp added: “It’s been a tough season yet they’ve turned up again in their numbers.
"I was delighted for the supporters. That [victory] was for them."