Redknapp rues first-half QPR collapse against Fulham

Harry Redknapp laid the blame for Queens Park Rangers’ defeat against Fulham on a first-half performance that saw the relegation-threatened side concede three sloppy goals, the Daily Mirror has reported.

A Dimitar Berbatov brace and a Clint Hill own-goal gave the Cottagers a commanding advantage as the first-half drew to an end, with QPR pulling a goal back through Adel Taarabt just before half-time. Loic Remy scored for QPR after the break – having also had a penalty saved – but the R’s could not draw level, leaving them seven points adrift of safety with seven games to play.

Mistakes from January signing Christopher Samba – first giving away the penalty from which Berbatov opened his account, then losing possession in a dangerous area – contributed to QPR’s dismal performance and left Redknapp angry at what he saw in the opening 45 minutes.

The manager said: “A disastrous first-half cost us, they were the worst goals I’ve seen in my life. They were scandalous goals. It was an absolute disaster.

Redknapp added that he thought QPR were the better side in the second-half and rued Remy’s missed penalty, and also the change in tactics after Fulham had Steve Sidwell sent off.

Samba pushed himself up front into attack and QPR tried hitting long balls to the giant defender, put Redknapp was not impressed with what he saw, adding: “I was disappointed with the last 10 minutes. We suddenly started lumping balls up. We opened them up by passing the ball.

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