Paul Lambert may believe his side dominated the game, but after a 2-0 win over Aston Villa, it was all smiles for QPR boss Harry Redknapp.
Many speculated that the 67-year-old could be out of a job without a result against the slumping Claret and Blue, but a Charlie Austin double helped see the home side through.
He likened it to the 3-2 loss to Liverpool, which he had previously tabbed the “best I’ve ever seen us play.”
“[The attitude was] same as it was against Liverpool, it was no different,” Redknapp said to reporters after the match. “We came out and worked hard tonight, we did it against Stoke here we worked hard, we did it against Sunderland when we won 1-0, we missed a penalty against Hull in the last 5 minutes. You know, I can’t fault the performances, we’ve worked very hard here at home.”
He also looked to injuries as to an explanation for the slow start, and praised Sandro and Bobby Zamora as players who have lifted the club recently.
“Sandro had his first 90 minutes tonight, he makes a massive difference to the team,” Redknapp said.
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“Bobby Zamora – whenever Bobby plays he makes the game simple for us. He’s a fantastic professional and he works his socks off for his team. 65, 70 minutes and he does the job. It [could have been] in reverse; I had a spell of bringing him off the bench, but I had a chat with him one day and we felt we’d be better if we start him and see what we get out of him and if he tires we take him off.”
He also praised Charlie Austin’s amazing story, having come from a non-athletic job laying bricks, moving his way up the semi-professional leagues to where he is now.
Finally, “We got the goals and deserve to win.” That should about wrap things up.