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Redknapp discusses tactical plans for West Ham trip

QPR manager Harry Redknapp during the defeat to West Brom. Photo: Phil Cole/PA Wire QPR manager Harry Redknapp during the defeat to West Brom. Photo: Phil Cole/PA Wire

Saturday, January 19, 2013
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QPR manager Harry Redknapp is unlikely to change from his defensive mindset for the R’s trip to West Ham.

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Rangers have picked up four points from their last two Premier League games against Chelsea and Tottenham, primarily built around defensive football.

Although Redknapp developed a reputation at Tottenham for an exciting brand of attacking football, he has been forced, given the club are at the bottom of the division, to become hard to beat primarily.

“It is difficult,” Redknapp said. “The players have belief in the way we’ve played in the clean sheets.

“To open up suddenly would be a change. We won at Chelsea and West Brom. To move back to the way we were would be difficult now.

“We’ve got more of a threat with [new signing Loic] Remy.”

The R’s boss has been complimentary of the way the Hammers have played so far this season and expects them to stay up, although recent results have led to alarm bells to ring at Upton Park.

“People want to see winning football,” Redknapp added. “He got West Ham promoted. “They’re in a good position in the Premier League. Sam gets the best out of his players.

“It’s winning football. It’s no good saying West Ham played good football and got relegated.

“They came from behind against Chelsea.”

“I didn’t think they’d go down with the signings he made in the summer like bringing Collins in.

“They have a good leader in [Kevin] Nolan. I think they’ll strengthen now.”

Julio Cesar will start for QPR at West Ham, after Rob Green played in the win at West Brom, with Redknapp reluctant to drop the Brazilian after a match-saving performance against Tottenham.

“Both keepers played well but Cesar was fantastic against Tottenham,” the R’s boss explained.

“Julio did nothing wrong. He made important saves and he’s been in good form.”

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