Redknapp talks up importance of strikers
A confident Harry Redknapp praised his players’ brave performance after they notched up back-to-back wins for the first time since returning to the top flight in 2011, reports the Daily Mail.
Just when it looked like both sides would have had to settle for a 1-1 scoreline, Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas scored with brilliant half-volleys at either end of the last 20 minutes to earn Rangers a hard-fought win.
The pair had played under Redknapp at Tottenham but failed to hold down a regular place then.
Loic Remy erased fears of last week’s 2-1 win at the Saints becoming a one-off by levelling the scores just ten minutes after Steven Fletcher’s 20th minute opener for the visitors.
It was the Frenchman’s second goal in four games for his new club since his move from Marseille during the January transfer window.
Although Rangers are still bottom and four points from safety, Redknapp feels they can get out of trouble.
“It’s good, but we are still in need of a fantastic run,” the Rangers boss said. “We have given ourselves a chance.”
Already without the injured Adel Taarabt, Julio Cesar and Armand Traore, the Hoops could also have been without Bobby Zamora who put up an inspired performance through the pain barrier for 73 minutes before being taken off with hip and ankle knocks.
“Zamora wasn’t really fit, he has done a miracle with his ankle ligaments,” continued Redknapp.
“He is playing with an injury today that other players wouldn’t have put themselves up to play.
“There are players not playing today with injuries that aren’t as bad as Bobby’s, that’s for sure. He has a go and has done that today.
“You can only play what you’ve got, and this is the first time I’ve had Bobby and Remy. I liked the look of them.
“They will be important. If Remy can continue to score and Bobby gives us a focal point, we can play it up to him.
“Bobby played 60 per cent fit today. The physio said a week ago he would be out for six weeks.
“He did his ankle but he has had injections to play, he was so desperate to get out there. The effort he has put in to play was fantastic.”
Sunderland have now lost four of their last five league games and with nine games to go this season, they may well be involved in the relegation battle if their poor run continues.
QPR had seemed destined for the drop just three weeks ago after their home defeat to leaders to Man Utd.
It has to be noted that Redknapp did pull off a great escape with Portsmouth in 2005. Relegation seemed to be a sure thing then before a fine run of form towards the end of the season rescued Pompey.