Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp felt his side were unlucky not to come away with at least a draw at Stoke City on Saturday despite suffering a 3-1 defeat, Sky
It was sloppy defending that cost the West London side, who gave the ball away deep inside their own half to allow Jonathan Walters to open the scoring midway the first half, before the Irishman netted his second of the afternoon with an accurate low shot after being set up by Stephen Ireland.
Soon after, the visitors were back in it as Niko Kranjcar tapped the ball home from close range, and despite considerable second half pressure, they were unable to force an equaliser. A free-kick from Joey Barton was the closest they came; the captain hitting the underside of the crossbar before the ball was cleared to safety.
And as the R’s pushed more men forward, they were caught at the back as Walters stylishly headed beyond Robert Green for his hat-trick after beating Yun Suk-Young to Barton’s partial clearance. The result means they are still second from bottom and without an away point all season.
But Redknapp believes his side were unlucky to lose. He said: “In the second half it was one-way traffic. We came in at 2-1 at half-time and I think we battered them in the second half.
“We hit the underside of the bar, beat the keeper all hands up and just couldn’t get the goal. We missed some great opportunities, and the keepers made some great saves. And then all of a sudden it’s 3-1, like you’ve been well beaten. But anyone that was here, that saw the game, or that knows anything about football will tell you that is not the case.”
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