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The Rs boss was pleased with his newly promoted side's performance on the Premier League's opening day and praises Rio Ferdinand for an important defensive contribution

Harry Redknapp was encouraged by QPR's opening-day performance against Hull City despite seeing them slip to a 1-0 Premier League defeat.

James Chester's second-half strike was the difference between the two sides at Loftus Road but the hosts should have earned a point in their first game back in the top flight as Charlie Austin missed a late penalty.

The Championship play-off winners controlled the first half but failed to make it pay as the visitors defended resolutely and Chester's header shortly after the interval secured the win for Steve Bruce's side on a frustrating day for the Rs.

However, Redknapp told the media after the game: "I was very pleased with how we played today. Some days it just doesn't go your way and to get a penalty late on ... to be honest, if we'd have scored thatm I think we had time to win the game. The momentum was with us.

"But that's how it goes, some days you get the breaks and some days you don't. I couldn't fault [the players].

"I thought in the first half we played ever so well, looked in control, good shape, passed it well, created some good chances so it was encouraging [and] we'll only get better."

The 67-year-old also sang the praises of new central defender Rio Ferdinand, despite the former Manchester United defender losing Chester for Hull's goal.

"Rio was excellent wasn't he," the veteran manager enthused. "I thought it was almost a masterclass in how to play at the back.

"He looked so comfortable. His touch, passing and reading of the game ... he's a fantastic footballer."
 
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