Harry Redknapp: 'I can't remember having many better wins than this one'

QPR manager delighted after shocking Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

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Harry Redknapp conceded that beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with his beleaguered Queens Park Rangers' team ranked up there with his finest achievements as a manager.

Had QPR failed to win it would have equalled their worst ever away run without a win - 24 games - which took place between September 1997 and September 1998. Instead they registered one of the most famous victories in the club's recent history.

Redknapp said: "I said to [assistant] Joe Jordan after the game that I can't remember having many better wins than this one. To come here against a team who are absolutely flying and on the back of the Liverpool result and the West Brom defeat it was a great result.

"We changed it. I stuck Adel [Taarabt] up front and he has never played there before. At least he gives us a focal point where we can hold the ball up and he drops into little holes. We can get people up to play with him and he did that great. It was a good night."

Redknapp conceded that he lost out on Joe Cole, who opted to sign for West Ham yesterday. "I lost a player in Joe Cole who I thought would be my first signing. He probably looked at us and thought 'I love you Harry but I don't think you are going to stay up'.

"So he has gone to the Hammers. It is not easy when you are stuck down there. I think people will suddenly think we have got a chance and it might be nice to join us and help us out of the mess we are in and achieve something and be up for the challenge, rather than go to a middle-of-the-road club who are going to achieve nothing

"Even the teams with 20 points, will see this and think 'That ain't very good for us'. I have been there. That has sent a few shocks to everybody. We have got to make the most of it."