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HARRY: YOU NEVER KNOW

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11:00 28th January 2013

by @OfficialQPR

R's boss optimistic ahead of Man City test ...

HARRY REDKNAPP is hoping QPR can mastermind a surprise result of their own ahead of Tuesday night’s visit from Manchester City.

The R’s were on the wrong end of a FA Cup defeat to MK Dons on Saturday during a weekend of upsets as Redknapp’s side refocus their attentions on retaining their top flight status.

Rangers are yet to taste defeat in the league in 2013 and, after stunning title contenders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier in the month, Redknapp is hoping to defy the odds once again.

“You just never know where your results are going to come from,” Redknapp told www.qpr.co.uk. “Who would have given us a chance at Chelsea? 

“You only have to look at the FA Cup games this weekend to see what you can achieve if you give effort. It’s unpredictable.”

City arrive in W12 on a six-match winning run in all competitions as Roberto Mancini’s side look to retain their Premier League crown, lying five points adrift of leaders Manchester United.

Redknapp is expecting a tough test but takes heart from his side's recent revivial which has seen the R's take points against London rivals Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham.

He said: “It will be a tough game tomorrow but I’m looking forward to it, it should be an interesting game. 

“They’re strong and they’ve got a fantastic squad of players.

“But we’ve had some hard games lately at Chelsea, against Tottenham and West Ham away. 

“They were difficult games but we performed well and we’ve got to do the same tomorrow.”

Redknapp was left disappointed after watching his side’s FA Cup campaign come to an abrupt end on Saturday.

One consolation for the R's was the long-awaited return of Bobby Zamora from a three-month injury lay-off.

The R's frontman came off the bench in the second-half but Redknapp admits the striker, along with wingmen Shaun Wright-Phillips and Junior Hoilett, is a doubt for Tuesday's encounter

“We’re waiting to see on one or two injuries,” he said.

“There’s little doubts over Shaun Wright-Phillips, Junior Hoilett is struggling and Bobby Zamora is struggling to start the game. 

“We’ve got one or two little knocks but nothing too bad.”

It promises to be a busy few days at Loftus Road during a week which also sees the climax of the January transfer window.

Redknapp admits bolstering his squad will be crucial to the R’s survival chances as Thursday’s 11pm deadline looms large.

“When you’re in a situation like we are, bottom of the league, this is the only month where I can try to change things around,” he said. “But it’s not going to be easy. 

“The chairman [Tony Fernandes] and [chief executive] Phil Beard are working their socks off, trying their best to get new players in. 

“They’re pulling out all of the stops to try and get players in that will make all the difference.

“We’re in a difficult position but there’s a long way to go, lots of points to play for. 

“If we can make the right decisions now and get the right people in, I still think we’ve got a good chance.”

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