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'We made it too easy for Swansea'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 11, 2013

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HARRY Redknapp insists Queens Park Rangers can survive this season — but says they must defend better than they did at Swansea City to stay up.

Rangers are bottom of the Premier League with just 17 points.

And Redknapp believes they need six wins from their 12 remaining games this term to avoid the drop.

That looks a tall order given that QPR have won only two leagues fixtures all season — but Redknapp is refusing to give up hope.

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"We need six wins and we can do it," said the former Tottenham manager.

"We have got to keep believing and we have got to keep going — otherwise we might as well not bother.

"But we cannot give goals away like we did here. I couldn't look at Swansea's goals and say they were particularly good goals.

"I felt they were bad errors from us. Our keeper (Julio Cesar) has been fantastic for us — he has been our best player in our last five games. He is as good as any keeper in the league, but he played with a groin strain and he wasn't at his best.

"We were sloppy — we let Michu run in on a rebound for the first goal and then we let (Angel) Rangel go for the second.

"Swansea are a good side and I love the way they play, but we made it too easy for them."

Redknapp rued the Ashley Williams handball in the penalty area which was missed by the officials and "would have made a big difference".

But he added: "We gave bad goals away and that was our biggest problem.

"Bobby Zamora came on and made it 2-1 and I thought we had a chance. We were a different team with Zamora on the pitch — he holds the ball up and he gives something to play off.

"But he has had an operation on his hip and he cannot last 90 minutes."

Redknapp took some comfort from defeats for the Hoops' relegation rivals this weekend, adding: "It's still all to play for, but we need to defend better — and score some goals. This result obviously hasn't done us any favours — every game is vital for us now and we've got nothing. But we have got to pick ourselves up and go again."

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