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15:00 21st December 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Redknapp bemoans 'disappointing' Leicester defeat ...

HARRY Redknapp bemoaned a frustrating day at the office after 10-man QPR missed the chance to move clear at the top of the Championship following defeat to Leicester City.

Jamie Vardy’s 41st-minute strike for City separated the sides at Loftus Road, ending the R's unbeaten home record this season in the process.

“It’s obviously disappointing to get beaten at home,” the R’s boss told “I felt there were chances for us and there was very little in between the two teams.

“I thought a draw would have been a fair result. But they’ve put in a good away performance so full credit to them. 

“Leicester are a good side, they were quick on the break and took their goal well. We just couldn’t manage to score at the other end. 

“It was just one of those days. We’re not going to win every game at home.”

Rangers ended the afternoon a man light after the R's misery was compounded by Joey Barton's late dismissal, shown two bookings in quick succession by referee Paul Tierney.

Redknapp admits the midfielder’s absence – subsequently suspended for the Boxing Day trip to Nottingham Forest – will be a ‘big miss’.

“Joey’s been excellent for us but he doesn’t need to get involved in that sort of stuff,” he added. “He’s a fantastic player, he’s great in the dressing room. 

“I honestly haven’t seen it [the incident] again but he’s apologised to the lads. I can’t fault him since I’ve been here, he’s been top class.

“He’ll be a miss for sure, he’s been great for us. But we’ve got plenty of cover in midfield so it’s not an area we struggle in.”

Saturday’s defeat keeps Redknapp’s side top of the table ahead of the rest of the weekend’s action.

Meanwhile, maximum points lift Leicester level on points at the summit as the promotion race intensifies over the festive period.

“It’s wide open, as I’ve said all along,” Redknapp said. “Nobody’s going to walk away with it. I think it’s going to be very close with very little between the teams. 

“I think we’ll be up there but it’s a tight, tight division.”

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