FULHAM 3 vs QUEENS PARK RANGERS 2
QUEENS Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has told his players they need to pick up 14 points from their remaining seven games to avoid Premier League relegation.
Rangers trailed 3-0 last night after a disastrous start, but showed great character to fight back with goals from Adel Taarabt and Loic Remy, but missed a penalty and ultimately fell short against 10 men after Steve Sidwell saw red.
Consequently, QPR are seven points adrift of safety and a team has never avoided the drop from this position in Premier League history, but Redknapp has called on his players to rewrite the record books and pull off a great escape.
“We are not giving up,” he said. “We need another 14 points, we need four wins and two draws, but getting that is becoming harder.
“It was a disastrous first half. We gave away the worst goals I’ve seen in my life, it was scandalous. In the second half we murdered them. When it went to 3-2 I could only see one winner. I wouldn’t have even taken a draw then.”
Fulham’s win extended their unbeaten run to five matches. And, with 39 points manager, Martin Jol believes his team have done enough to avoid relegation, but will not rest easy until they are certain of safety.
“This is probably the only competition in the world where you can be in 10th place and still go down,” he said. “We had three unexpected points against Spurs, but with 39 points now that should hopefully be enough.”
Fulham blew away their west London rivals in the opening 45 minutes at Craven Cottage.
Striker Dimitar Berbatov profited from two catastrophic errors by defender Christopher Samba to score for the fourth consecutive game and Fulham found a third when defender Clint Hill diverted John Arne Riise’s fizzing cross into his own net.
Taarabt netted just before half-time to give QPR a lifeline and won a penalty three minutes into the second half, but Remy missed. He made amends two minutes later though, blasting in from close range. But QPR could find no way past 10 men after Sidwell’s red card.