QPR boss Harry Redknapp: My team selection was very open, we came to hurt Wigan

QPR boss Harry Redknapp: My team selection was very open, we came to hurt Wigan

QPR boss Harry Redknapp refused to accept that his side were set up negatively against Wigan in the first leg of their play-off semi-final.

Rangers frustrated their hosts, who dominated possession but couldn’t unlock a sturdy backline in the 0-0 draw at the DW Stadium. And Latics boss Uwe Rosler suggested after the game that QPR had ‘come for a draw’.

Redknapp, however, pointed to his offensive starting XI, which included the likes of Ravel Morrison, Charlie Austin and Junior Hoilett.

But their only real spell of pressure came at the start of the second half, when Armand Traore forced Scott Carson into a good save.

Redknapp said: “I didn’t pick a defensive-minded team, I picked a very open team.

“When I picked the team three or four days ago I don’t think I had a lot of supporters on my staff. I think they all felt we should be a little bit more defensive minded.

“But, having said that, there were very few chances in the game. I thought we could come here and hit them on the counter-attack with a bit of pace and ability.

“It was an even game, there was nothing in it really.”

One thing the game was not short of was tough tackling, and Clint Hill appeared lucky to get away with an early elbow on Rob Kiernan that was missed by almost everybody in the ground.

Rosler said: “I have not seen it, but I got told the player admitted he caught our player.”

Hoilett also felt he was elbowed by Gary Caldwell, while James McArthur and Callum McManaman might both have been booked before referee Mike Jones reached for his pocket.

Redknapp said: “I think he was looking to keep all the players on the pitch.

“They’re big games in players’ careers. There’s a tie at Wembley for the winners and there’s a chance of getting in the Premier League. There’s a lot to play for.

“You expect people to be committed. If they’re not going to be committed tonight, they never are.”


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