HARRY REDKNAPP lamented QPR’s lack of quality in the final third following Saturday’s defeat to Stoke City.
Former Rangers frontman Peter Crouch proved the difference, breaking the deadlock before winning a penalty from which Jonathan Walters converted City’s second.
Defeat dealt the R’s survival hopes another blow – ten points adrift with four games remaining – but Redknapp had no complaints at full-time.
“I couldn’t ask for anything more from them, we gave everything we had,” the R’s boss told www.qpr.co.uk.
“We worked hard and in the first half I thought we were the better team. We were disappointed to come in one down at the break.
“We worked hard but our finishing was poor.”
Rangers weren't helped by injuries to attacking duo Andros Townsend and Adel Taarabt, who were both forced off early in the second half.
Redknapp conceded their absence alongside Bobby Zamora – serving a three-game suspension – was a telling factor.
He said: “We lost two key players in Taarabt and Townsend through injury. They were two players who I felt could take the game to them.
“Losing Bobby Zamora for three games when he got sent off was a killer for us.
“The balance of the team with him and [Loic] Remy was looking good but that’s how it goes.”
Despite defeat, Redknapp has urged his troops to finish the season on a high beginning with next weekend’s trip to Reading.
“At the end of the day we’re short of a bit of quality, there’s no doubt about that,” he admitted.
“Over the course of the season we’re where we are in the league because that’s where we deserve to be.
“But we’ve got to keep going, we’ve got to try and win a couple of games before the end of the season.
“We’ve got to go to Reading and see if we can win, that’s all we can do.”