Queens Park Rangers gained their first point in 5 games in Harry Redknapp’s first match as Rangers manager. Yet, with only 5 points in total, they are still rooted to the bottom of the table. Can Harry Houdini perform his tricks and secure QPR Premiership safety?
It was the final game of the 2011/12 season as QPR amazingly avoided relegation in a 3-2 thriller against Man City which crowned the Eastland’s side their first Premier League trophy. Both sets of fans could celebrate in a enthralling scene, with QPR fans looking towards a second year in the top tier, and never looking back. With Mark Hughes at the helm and some very good signings such as Junior Hoilett, Julio Cesar and a loan signing in Manchester United’s Fabio Da Silva. Spending up to £17 million during the summer and much was expected of Mark Hughes and his team.
Miserable and lifeless performances in which 8 defeats were suffered and only 4 points gained from 12 games with not a single game won, the Chairman Tony Fernandes had no choice but to sack Mark Hughes and look for a new manager. Harry Redknapp was swiftly appointed manager and given the near impossible task of keeping QPR in the Premier League. This Tuesday, the R’s drew 0-0 with Sunderland in a lackluster affair, yet, many positives can be taken form the result, including a rare clean sheet.
QPR face Aston Villa on Saturday on what quite clearly is a must win game for the Hoops. The R’s are currently 8 points off Aston Villa who lie mercifully above the relegation zone. Both teams go into the game wanting a win and what’s sure is, one team if not both, will drop points. The pressure is on both teams, none more so than the managers, yet, Harry has proved he can escape to victory. Will he do it with Tony Fernandes’ QPR?