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Redknapp: QPR must beat Fulham & Reading away to avoid relegation

The Rs manager believes it is still possible to stay up but lamented the defensive lapses that saw fellow strugglers Aston Villa come from a goal down to win 3-2 on Saturday

Harry Redknapp insists QPR can still avoid relegation but now must win away from home in order to do so following their 3-2 defeat to fellow strugglers Aston Villa.

With 16th-placed Southampton and 18th-placed Wigan also winning at the weekend, the loss leaves the Rs seven points off safety with eight games to play.

"This is probably harder from where we were. It is going to be tough. But we are playing all right. That is the key,” Redknapp told reporters following a 15th defeat of the season.

"We are playing well at the moment, that is the encouraging thing. In the first half I couldn’t have asked for more from them. Even all through the game we had chances."

"Now we have got to go and win away from home somewhere. We have got to win at Fulham, we have got to win at Reading.

"We have got to win one of those games and we have got to win our home games. If we can do that we can still stay up. It is not impossible."

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Jermaine Jenas put the west London club ahead midway through the first half but Redknapp saw defensive lapses overturn the scoreline before Christian Benteke netted the winning goal nine minutes from time.

"[Goalkeeper Julio Cesar] should have dealt with it better," he said of the first goal, when Gabriel Agbonlahor headed in Matt Lowton’s diagonal ball.

Commenting on Andreas Weimann’s finish from the edge of the area for Villa’s second, Redknapp hinted keeper Julio Cesar may be dropped following his inability to stop the shot.

Asked if Rob Green would have played had he been free from illness, he replied: "Oh, I couldn’t say that, could I? I’d be putting myself right under the cosh. I don’t need that at the moment. Why would I cause myself a problem saying that?"

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