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17:53 26th January 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Redknapp speaks following FA Cup exit to MK Dons ...

HARRY Redknapp was as honest as ever following QPR’s 4-2 defeat at home to MK Dons in the fourth round of the FA Cup this afternoon.

Rangers were 2-0 down at the break and fell 4-0 behind in the second-half before late goals from Jay Bothroyd and Fabio.

“I look at that very seriously,” Redknapp told “It was bitterly disappointing.”

Having made nine changes from the side that drew 1-1 at West Ham last weekend, Redknapp explained: “I played the players that haven’t been playing recently.

“Today answered a lot of questions. I already knew the answers to those questions but for some it confirmed it. 

“A lot of them have been knocking on my door telling me that they should be in the team. I gave them the chance and this is the problem – we’re not strong enough.

“I’ve said that all along, that we’re not strong enough. This is what we have. 

“The players had the opportunity to show me that they should be in the team and I’m afraid not too many of them proved they should be.

“That’s why I’ve been all over Europe over the past two weeks, trying to find players to strengthen the squad. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

Redknapp was evidently as frustrated as the supporters as he spoke, admitting: “It was bitterly disappointing. There’s no excuse for conceding four goals at home today to MK Dons – it’s disgusting.

“MK Dons must take credit. They’re a good side and their manager’s done a great job. But have a look at those goals – the first one’s an own goal, the second is a diabolical piece of defending. The third was offside and with the fourth one, the ball was bobbling all over the box and no-one was there to deal with it.

“It was poor defending and poor goals were conceded. But take nothing away from MK Dons. I’ve seen them a few times this year. They’re a good side, but you shouldn’t get beaten like that at home.”

Despite being two down at the break, QPR had played well in the opening half, dominating possession.

Redknapp admitted: “I couldn’t have a go at half-time. I said to the lads that they played well in the first half, but they just gave two poor goals away. 

“It was one-way traffic and I thought we were playing okay.

“I thought (Esteban) Granero was doing okay. He was getting on the ball and making us play. But you can’t give two goals away like that.”

Bobby Zamora came on as a late substitute to mark his return from a hip injury which had seen him sidelined for more than two months, and was on hand to set-up Bothroyd for his goal.

“If Bobby could get fit it would be a big bonus for us,” added Redknapp, “but at the moment they’re saying to me that he can only do 15 or 20 minutes.

“We still need to bring in another striker.”

Despite his obvious disappointment, Redknapp dismissed the suggestion that the situation at the club is worse than he thought prior to his arrival in November.

“No, we’ve been going okay,” he said. “We were five games unbeaten before today, but we just need to strengthen. But we all know that.

“We’ve improved beyond all recognition in recent weeks.

“We’ve got to pick ourselves up now. I’ll bring the lads back in who didn’t play today for what is going to be a tough week ahead with Man City on Tuesday night and Norwich on Saturday.”

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