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REDKNAPP WARY OF STOKE THREAT

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11:25 19th April 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Gaffer expects battle royal against the Potters ...

HARRY Redknapp expects a battle royal when Stoke City come to town in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

The R’s gaffer is predicting a ‘tough test’ against Tony Pulis’ side, who - like QPR - are embroiled in the scrap for survival towards the foot of the table.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Redknapp said: “Stoke are a competitive, well organised, very powerful team. It'll be a tough game like it always is.

“They have got a strong group of players and they are always difficult to play against.

“They have gone on a bad run but I still see them getting out of it. It will be a hard game for us tomorrow, we know that.”

Stoke have only registered just two wins in 18, but Redknapp believes the Potters will escape the drop, adding: “Tony has done a good job there. They've had a blip, a bad little run, but he's done a terrific job at Stoke.

“He will be looking for answers as to what's gone wrong since the turn of the year, but they're never easy to find.”

Rangers head into Saturday’s clash at Loftus Road ten points adrift of safety with just five games to play, but despite being written off by all and sundry, Redknapp is refusing to accept defeat in the battle to beat the drop.

“The dream is still alive. It's not dead yet and we've got to keep going. We need four wins and a draw for the final five to have a chance.

“We'll keep trying and keep believing. There's no way we're giving up on this season yet.

“We're still not down. We've still got five games to go. We all know it's a tall order but we will keep going.

“If (relegation) happens, we've got to re-group and come back stronger, but we're not giving up yet, we've still got a chance.”

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