Belfast Telegraph

Redknapp delighted with Green

Rob Green's "world-class" save sparked Saturday's 2-0 victory over Burnley and keeps QPR "in the hunt" for Premier League safety, according to boss Harry Redknapp.

Green tipped George Boyd's swerving first-half piledriver strike onto the post at Loftus Road, before Rangers sealed victory through goals from Leroy Fer and Charlie Austin.

Austin scored the winner and was sent off for two yellow cards in a frenetic four-minute spell.

It was his side's third win in seven games, and victory on Saturday lifted Rangers out of the relegation zone.

"Rob Green was excellent, fantastic: that save from Boyd, I was right behind it, and that was top corner all the way," said Redknapp.

"As soon as he hit it I said 'that's in', so how he's got his fingertips to that I don't know, it's an amazing save.

"He's a great keeper and a great pro, fantastic person.

"It's a very important win: it keeps us in the hunt, and every three points is important.

"If at the start of the week you'd said to me we could take six points from these three games, especially beating Leicester and Burnley, they are massive wins for us.

"They keep us in amongst it, which is important for us.

"We've got to stay in the group, and come January we need to look to strengthen the squad in one or two areas if we can, and give ourselves a real chance.

"It was a great save and if you go one down you lose momentum obviously.

"But he kept us in it at nil-nil, and in the second half we showed a lot of spirit."

Redknapp absolved striker Austin of any real blame for his red card, that came courtesy of a late tackle on Kieran Trippier and then a leading arm in an aerial challenge with Michael Keane.

The former Tottenham boss also hailed the influence of 35-year-old centre-back Richard Dunne.

Redknapp admitted his players were shocked into action at half-time after realising only a sharp lift in performance would stave off defeat.

"I thought Richard Dunne was fantastic, I thought his performance again, under pressure: he has been amazing," said Redknapp.

"I can't tell you just how good he was. Every ball he stuck his head on, every time there was someone to boot it away it was Dunney.

"I thought he was amazing today again.

"Well Charlie scored again which was great for us, it's just one of those things, he was trying to get back and defend and put a shift in.

"He's not at all a nasty type of player, but I thought it was a yellow card, and that was it you know, nothing you can do.

"They played ever so well in the first half, they were bright, sharp, I think Sean (Dyche) has done a fantastic job with his team.

"I thought we stepped it up at the start of the second half and came out looking a bit more: we realised at half-time we had to sharpen up otherwise we would get beaten."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche admitted his side failed to sustain the "clinical" edge that had drawn eight points from their previous four games.

"There's a tinge of disappointment, but it's still a tough game against a very experienced side," said Dyche.

"Rob Green made one absolute worldy save and another very good save from Scotty Arfield.

"We need to be more clinical, we knew that and we have started to be that, but we just weren't today.

"I think they know they had a game today, but you take wins how they come and I certainly would."


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