HARRY REDKNAPP bemoaned QPR’s desperate luck after Wigan Athletic snatched a stoppage-time equaliser to force a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
Loic Remy’s breathtaking opener looked like securing a crucial victory for 10-man Rangers until Shaun Maloney’s 94th-minute free-kick silenced Loftus Road with seconds remaining.
Redknapp admitted the result was a 'cruel blow' to the R's survival hopes, who battled bravely a man light after Bobby Zamora was dismissed after just 20 minutes.
“It’s a cruel blow,” the R’s boss told www.qpr.co.uk. "Nobody at this football club deserved that, especially the fans.
“The players didn’t deserve that, they were fantastic. We’d worked so hard with 10 men all game.
“Every one of them worked their socks off.”
The R’s faithful were moments away from celebrating a priceless victory as Remy – who had earlier struck the woodwork with a sublime volley – broke the deadlock with a stunning first-time finish from 18 yards.
Redknapp added: ““It was a fantastic goal and a great finish from Remy.
“I always thought we looked the more threatening side. We hit the post with Remy and I always felt we were going to get chances.
“We deserved the goal.”
Jubilation turned to dejection as Maloney made Rangers pay the ultimate price for conceding a foul with virtually the last attack of the afternoon.
“What can you do?,” Redknapp said.
“You try not to give free-kicks away but people are so anxious and want to work so hard to win the ball back or stop them scoring. Sometimes over exuberance can get the better of you.
“We gave two silly free-kicks away on the edge of the box and the second one allowed them the chance to score in the last seconds of the game.
“It couldn’t be more cruel, we deserved to win.”
Rangers were reduced to ten men after Zamora received a red card for a high challenge on Latics midfielder Jordi Gomez.
Redknapp had no qualms with the decision but – even a man light – believes Rangers would have been worthy winners.
“It looked like a red card,” he admitted. “Bobby’s not a malicious player but it was a clumsy challenge.
“His foot was high and it was a reckless challenge but that’s not like Bobby. No one is more sorry than Bobby.
“We would have beaten them today with 11 men, I’m sure of that. But even with 10 men we should have won the game.”
A point apiece leaves Rangers seven points adrift of safety with only six games remaining.
Redknapp stressed: “We have showed spirit every week since I’ve been here. We’ve got to keep believing.
“You need a bit of luck sometimes but we didn’t get any today.”