'He's West Ham and they love him there': QPR boss Harry Redknapp disappointed to miss out on Joe Cole
Liverpool have agreed a deal with the Hammers
Thursday 03 January 2013
QPR boss Harry Redknapp celebrated a momentous victory over Chelsea to ease his disappointment at missing out main transfer target Joe Cole.
Rangers triumphed at Stamford Bridge for the first time in three decades when Shaun Wright-Phillips fired an outstanding 78th-minute winner in a 1-0 victory against his former club.
It was a precious three points that could yet prove pivotal to the club's Barclays Premier League survival bid and, while they remain at the foot of the table, hope has returned to Loftus Road.
Just hours earlier Redknapp had been lamenting the decision of Liverpool playmaker Cole to reject QPR in favour of returning to boyhood club West Ham.
"I lost Joe who would have been my first signing. He probably looked here and thought, 'Harry, I love you, but you're not going to stay up'," Redknapp said.
"I like Joe and he would have been good for me. He's West Ham and they love him there. I thought he was coming for sure but West Ham came in yesterday."
Only goal difference separates QPR from 19th-placed Reading and while they remain five points away from safety, Redknapp hopes the conclusion of their three-match losing streak will provide the springboard to climb the table.
"That was our first away win in the league since October 2011. Let's hope we can build on it. There's still a long way to go but that was encouraging," Redknapp said.
"Everybody else thought I was mad but I do genuinely believe we can stay up. We're not doomed, we can turn it around.
"I said to [assistant coach] Joe Jordan after the game, 'I cant remember having many better games than this one'."
The defeat all but extinguished fourth-placed Chelsea's fading title hopes and they now trail leaders Manchester United by 14 points.
Interim manager Rafael Benitez left Ramires, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard on the bench but his side still created more than enough chances to win a fifth successive match.
The Spaniard admitted Fernando Torres, Chelsea's only striker, needed a rest but refused to elaborate on the club's pursuit of Demba Ba after Newcastle revealed their £7million striker is having talks at Stamford Bridge.
"If we can do the business quickly hopefully he'll be available for the weekend, but we can't say too much," he said.
Latest in Sport
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...
Loic Remy to Arsenal? Gunners close in on move for QPR and France striker - reports
World Cup 2014: Neymar's agent launches scathing attack on Brazil's Luis Felipe Scolari, labelling him 'an old jerk, arrogant, repulsive, conceited and ridiculous'
Brazil vs Germany match report World Cup 2014: Utter humiliation for hosts as Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos help Germany hit seven past Selecao
World Cup 2014: The 50 best players of the World Cup
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 3 Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands L'Oreal campaign after World Cup viral photo
- 4 Britney Spears sings 'Alien' without Auto-Tune in embarrassingly brilliant leaked audio clip
- 5 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
Vanessa Feltz criticises 'vile' reaction to Rolf Harris allegations