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HARRY: WE MUST KEEP BELIEVING
Redknapp reacts to home draw against Aston Villa
HARRY Redknapp says his team must continue to believe after the R’s were held to a 1-1 draw against fellow strugglers Aston Villa at Loftus Road.
Eight points adrift from safety at the start of the day, Rangers were only able to make up one thanks to Jamie Mackie’s first-half leveller.
But Redknapp told www.qpr.co.uk: “We hit the woodwork several times and had all the chances. I felt we deserved to win today.
“Jamie [Mackie] took his goal well and made a couple of great chances.
“Shaun Wright-Phillips ran through twice. He was one-on-one with the ‘keeper and missed a good opportunity before striking the post.
“Clint Hill also struck the crossbar in the second half. All the chances were coming to us. We looked like the team that was going to win the game. We just couldn’t get the second goal.”
He added: “There was no shortage of spirit or effort. I thought we played ever-so well today. We just couldn’t get that second goal.
“Villa kept the ball late on without going anywhere – it was difficult.
“Overall, most of the chances fell to us, we just couldn’t get the second goal that we needed.
“The atmosphere was fantastic. That’s just what we needed. We’re in a difficult position, there’s no doubt about that.
“But we’ve got to keep going, believing and working hard. We need that first win to get us up and running.
“We needed a win today and it didn’t come, so we’ve got to go again next week.” QPR
Queens Park Rangers' Jamie Mackie cancels out Aston Villa's early lead
So the wait goes on. This was supposed to be the breakthrough, the beginnings of a feat of escapology, the first win since Stoke City were beaten at the tail end of last season, way back in early May. QPR now have the dubious honour of equalling the longest winless start to a Premier League season, joining Swindon Town's travails in season 1993-94.
Harry Redknapp strained to disguise his frustration. The matchwinner that QPR yearned for, knocked on the door for, never quite materialised, and "lift-off time", which he had been so hopeful about, fizzled out. "We just needed a goal and something to fall for us," he said. "The place would have taken off. To go to Wigan with a win under our belt would have been massive. Now we have got to go to Wigan and win."
Although Brad Guzan, the solid American in goal for Aston Villa, was a major factor in ensuring the points were shared, QPR can also reflect that they were not quite creative enough, or ruthless enough, to make the best of their second-half dominance.
Everybody around Loftus Road sensed this was a match that desperately needed winning to establish some kind of fresh start, a new momentum, something that was both tangible and symbolic in terms of QPR's attempt to touch base with the teams above the relegation zone. It was not to be.
Redknapp's disappointment was such he brushed off the warm welcome he received from the Loftus Road crowd. "It was nice for me but I am only interested in picking up some points. We need a win on the board somehow."
That looked a tall order when Villa, who started boldly, took an eighth-minute lead. Ashley Westwood helped the ball on to Brett Holman, who beat Rob Green with a firm drive. QPR responded, with Jamie Mackie flicking Samba Diakité's lofted cross into the top corner. Redknapp gave a thumbs up but still looked sufficiently concerned not to get too excited.
Shaun Wright-Phillips twice came close to securing the lead around the half-hour mark. The winger was released by a sublime, chipped pass from Esteben Granero but Guzan won the duel and diverted the danger with a fine save. Moments later, teed up by Stéphane Mbia, Wright-Phillips took aim again. This time he outwitted Guzan with a ferocious shot, struck early, but watched in disbelief as his effort came off the post.
Guzan was instrumental in maintaining Villa's position in the game after half time. When QPR enjoyed a period peppering his goal, he responded to deal with Ryan Nelsen's acrobatic shot, Diakité's speculative drive and a crack from Park Ji-sung. Paul Lambert enthused about a keeper he feels has "been brilliant all season". When Guzan was beaten by Clint Hill's header late on, QPR were demoralised to see the ball bounce off the crossbar.
Lambert was understandably satisfied to emerge unscathed. "This was a really tough game with Harry coming back and QPR fighting for every point. New manager syndrome normally kicks in but for us any point away from home is vital," he said.
Redknapp tried to take encouragement from his players' efforts but there was an element of resignation that things remain tough while the squad exists in its bloated yet imbalanced state. The former Tottenham and Portsmouth manager is still in the early phase of trying to forge a convincing team but knows he had to pick two veterans at centre-half, and makes no bones of the fact he wants a striker in January.
Djibril Cissé was left on the bench, with the "energy" of Mackie preferred, but QPR would clearly benefit from more options in the penalty area.
At least the two midfielders who left the pitch injured have only minor problems. That was particularly reassuring in the case of Mbia, who fell in obvious distress having collided with Gabriel Agbonlahor. After lengthy treatment, he was carried off wearing a neck brace and transferred straight to hospital for a scan. Diakité later limped off but Redknapp said later neither had suffered anything too serious.
As the crowd shuffled off, it was not quite the day they had been hoping for. So far QPR's brave new world does not look massively different from their gloomy old one.
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Mbia carried off as QPR again fail to win
QPR 1 Aston Villa 1
QPR equalled a Premier League record by failing to win Harry Redknapp’s first home match in charge.
After going behind to Brett Holman’s early goal, they were hauled level by Jamie Mackie’s 18th-minute equaliser.
But they were unable to make their second-half pressure count and have now endured the longest winless start to a top-flight season since Swindon’s 15-match run during the 1993/94 campaign.
And there was concern for Stephane Mbia, who was stretchered off following an accidental collision with Aston Villa’s Gabby Agbonlahor seven minutes before the break
Villa went ahead when keeper Rob Green, recalled to the starting line-up because of an injury to Julio Cesar, got a firm hand to Holman’s eighth-minute shot but was unable to keep it out.
Mackie responded with a fine header into the far corner from Samba Diakite’s right-wing cross.
Villa then thought their lead had been restored when Christian Benteke headed in Matt Lowton’s cross, but the impressive forward was in an offside position.
Redknapp dropped Djibril Cisse to the bench, deploying Mackie as a lone striker and giving Shaun Wright-Phillips a starting place.
Wright-Phillips wasted a great chance when he shot straight at keeper Brad Guzan after being put through by Esteban Granero.
He was then unlucky to see a thumping half-volley strike the near post after he had raced onto a similar ball forward from Mbia, who was having a good game before an off-the-ball clash left him flat on his back.
Mbia barely moved during several minutes of treatment before being carried away. He was later taken to hospital for precautionary tests.
Guzan produced second-half saves to deny Ryan Nelsen, Diakite – who limped off on 67 minutes – Ji-sung Park and Armand Traore.
And Rangers hit the woodwork for the second time when Clint Hill headed Adel Taarabt’s late corner against the bar.
QPR (4-1-4-1): Green; Bosingwa, Nelsen, Hill, Traore; Mbia (Derry 38); Wright-Phillips, Diakite (Hoilett 67), Granero (Park 45), Taarabt; Mackie.
Subs not used: Murphy, Ferdinand, Cisse, Fabio.
Redknapp gives update on Mbia and Diakite injuries after Aston Villa draw
By Nick Wright Saturday, December 1, 2012
QPR manager Harry Redknapp has played down the seriousness of injuries to Rangers duo Stephane Mbia and Samba Diakite in their 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
Cameroon international Mbia was stretchered off and taken to hospital after receiving treatment on the pitch for several minutes following a collision with Gabby Agbonlahor.
Mbia’s injury threatened to put a cloud over the contest but Redknapp says he was sent to hospital merely as a precaution, while Diakite’s second half substitution was merely down to a minor injury.
On Mbia, the QPR boss said: “He’s not too bad he’s just got a neck injury, he shouldn’t be too bad.
“They’re just going to have a look at him [at hospital] and make sure he’s ok but they don’t feel there’s any problem.”
He added: “I didn’t see what happened. I followed the ball. I think they just ran into each other.”
Mbia has since written on Twitter: “Actually in hospital ;( i want and i will come back soon as i can! #QPR”
On Diakite, Redknapp said: “Diakite got a little kick on the calf. Not too much wrong with him I don’t think.”
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