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HARRY DUBS EVERTON 'MASSIVE'

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11:57 12th April 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Redknapp points to importance of securing a win at Everton ...

R’S CHIEF Harry Redknapp has dubbed tomorrow as ‘massive’ on the eve of his sides visit to Everton’s Goodison Park.

Last Sunday’s agonising 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic has made QPR’s Premier League survival hopes increasingly more difficult.

And with six games remaining the Rangers boss believes four wins and a draw is needed to stand any chance of pulling off the greatest of escapes.

“It’s massive,” said Harry as he previewed Saturday’s match on Merseyside. “We need to win four games and draw one to give ourselves a chance.

“There are not many tougher places to go than Everton.  They’re a good side – a proper football club.”

R’s will be without striker Bobby Zamora, who starts the first of a three match suspension.

He looks likely to be the only absentee apart from Shaun Wright-Phillips – missing with an ankle problem for the rest of the season.

Redknapp was left distraught at Latics midfielder Shaun Maloney’s sucker punch in the 93rd minute five days ago.

But he continues to remain defiant that his side should not give up hope despite many having written the R’s chances off.

“It was disappointing (Wigan) – a big blow for us,” he said. “We worked so hard to get in front with 10 men.

“It wasn’t easy, but you’ve got to get on with it. There’s still some life left in us. We’ve got to go again now.

“It’s (staying up) going to be hard. But while there’s still a chance, you’ve got to keep believing.”

Redknapp’s hope emanates from the form of January acquisitions Loic Remy, Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas.

Remy has already scored five goals in just 7 starts, whilst Andros Townsend continues to impress from his loan spell from Tottenham Hotspur.

Those players - he believes - will be vital: “He’s (Remy) been excellent, as was Andros Townsend last weekend  – the best performance I’ve seen from a winger in years.

“Jermaine Jenas is also playing well. Chris Samba showed character [against Wigan] to come back from his performance at Fulham.

“Remy is a goalscorer. He scores fantastic goals – fantastic finishes. He could have scored three goals last weekend. In a full season in the Premier League, he’d score 20 goals.”

Away from life at Loftus Road and Premier League clubs passed a proposal on Thursday that will see goal-line technology introduced from the start of next season.

QPR could well do without any controversial decisions in the final run in, but Redknapp was one of a number of those involved in the game pleased to finally see the game move with the times.

“It’s about time,” he admitted. “I worry about the stopping and starting of games, but I think we go with it and take it from there.”

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