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Redknapp confident QPR will beat the drop

ESPN staff
December 30, 2012

QPR manager Harry Redknapp remains confident his bottom-placed side can stave off relegation despite being outplayed by Liverpool on Sunday.

The Hoops will enter 2013 eight points adrift of safety after a first-half brace from Luis Suarez and a powerful header from Daniel Agger secured a comfortable 3-0 victory for the Reds at Loftus Road.

But Redknapp, who has seen his side suffer three successive defeats, remains confident they will end the season outside of the bottom three.

"I think we'll stay up still,'' Redknapp said. "You'll think we're mad, but I think we will stay up. I only want positive people around me, I said that in the dressing room.

"Those that are moping around, the subs that are not playing, are not playing because they're no good. If they had been any good, I'd be picking them. I don't need miserable faces, I don't need them around me.

"I need people who are upbeat. The next two games are unbelievable, Chelsea away and Tottenham at home - two of the best teams in the country. They are difficult games, but we've got to keep going and I still think we'll do it.''

Redknapp promised not to "give up'' on his side, although he accepts they deserved to lose against Liverpool.

"The first half was difficult but second half I thought we did okay, but it's hard,'' he said. "They've got better quality than we had, everywhere. It was a very difficult game. It did hurt, but what can you do? It's hard. It can happen, being smashed by Liverpool. It can happen on their day.''

Redknapp needs reinforcements in January if QPR are to beat the drop, but was coy when asked about new faces.

"I'm not sure, really,'' he said. "We'll see. If we can find the right players, get one or two in to make the difference. We need to get Bobby Zamora fit to give us a target up there. He could make a difference.''

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