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REDKNAPP RUES SLOPPY GOALS

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19:00 9th February 2013

by @OfficialQPR

R's boss reflects on heavy Swansea defeat ...

HARRY REDKNAPP admitted blunders at the back proved QPR’s downfall following Saturday’s damaging 4-1 defeat at Swansea.

A brace from Swans striker Michu sealed the R’s fate either side of goals from Angel Rangel and Pablo Hernandez.

Bobby Zamora’s reply soon after the re-start reduced the half-time deficit but hopes of a comeback were short-lived as Rangers’ unbeaten league run in 2013 came to an abrupt end.

“I’m not pleased,” the R’s boss told www.qpr.co.uk. “We gave the football away for fun today and the goals were sloppy. 

“We got back to 2-1 and you think we’ve got a chance.

“Then we conceded another which was a poor goal defensively. 

“If you look at all four goals I wouldn’t say they were particularly good goals. They were bad errors.”

Zamora’s immediate impact off the bench was a rare plus on an otherwise disappointing afternoon for the west Londoners at the Liberty Stadium.

Redknapp admits the striker – who has only recently returned from a long-term hip injury – proved a major weapon for the R’s but is still struggling for full fitness.

“When we bought Bobby Zamora on we were a different team,” Redknapp said.

“He holds the ball, he can play and he brings other people into play. 

“He can’t play 90 minutes, but when he comes on he makes a massive difference to the team.

“Unfortunately we can’t get him on the pitch [enough].”

At the other end, Redknapp refused to blame out-of-sorts goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

The Brazilian kept his place between the sticks despite nursing a groin injury, a decision which the R’s boss admitted ultimately backfired.

He added: “I’m not blaming the goalkeeper, he has saved us time and time again. 

“Today he had one of those days. He played with a groin strain because he wanted to play and, looking at him, he’d be the first to say he shouldn’t have played. 

“He just had a poor day which he doesn’t normally have. 

“He is a fantastic professional and a top goalkeeper.”

Defeat means Rangers depart south Wales six points adrift at the bottom of the table with a fortnight to wait until their next outing.

The R’s have 12 games in which to turn things around and Redknapp remains intent on keeping their top flight status intact. 

“I still think we can salvage it but it’s going to be hard,” he said.

“It will go down to the wire but I wouldn’t say it was impossible.”

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