We were a disgrace: Redknapp blasts QPR's big-name failures for abysmal display against MK Dons
19:27 GMT, 26 January 2013
19:36 GMT, 26 January 2013
A furious and disbelieving Harry Redknapp surveyed the wreckage of QPR’s FA Cup humiliation at the hands of MK Dons and slammed the big stars who failed him.
Redknapp watched as his side — bottom of the Premier League — were crushed 4-2 at home by a team two divisions beneath them. In the day’s other fourth-round shock, Blue Square Premier League Luton Town beat Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road.
‘I have big-name players who believe they’re better than they are, who bang on my door insisting that I should play them,’ said 65-year-old Redknapp.
Miserable: Harry Redknapp looks on as QPR are tonked by MK Dons
‘Well, they had their chance and they
blew it. I made nine changes from the team who drew at West Ham last
'This was a team that had gone five games unbeaten, that had won at
Chelsea and drawn against Spurs and West Ham, but even though I made
lots of changes I believed, absolutely, it was good enough to beat the
‘I wanted to win, don’t get me wrong.
Look at the players I picked. We’re talking about signings from
Manchester United and Real Madrid in Park, Fabio and Granero.
'We’re talking about experienced pros
like Ferdinand, an England goalkeeper in Green. Surely they should have
been too good for a team two divisions below them.
'I thought we weren’t too bad up to
half time, but conceded two dreadfully sloppy goals. When we conceded
the third, which was offside, our confidence went completely.
'You can’t give away two such sloppy goals as we did. We created a mountain to climb that only got higher.
‘What it shows is that the result and
the performance answer a lot of questions. Not to me. I already knew
the answers, but to those who wanted to see certain players picked. They gave the answers.
‘I’m going to need to shift some
players out of this club this week and get a few in. If I can do that
we’ll stay in the Premier League. I’ll have the right hump now. I’ll be
no use to anybody.’
He does, however, have to find a way to lift his team before the visit of Manchester City on Tuesday night.
Good day out: MK Dons fans were delighted as their team powered through
As bad as QPR were, MK Dons deserved a lot of credit for the way they frustrated their Premier League opponents.
A club-record away following of 3,155
headed to west London to witness a performance that filled manager Karl
Robinson with pride.
'We felt we could come here and get a result,' the Dons boss said. 'I understand the gulf in teams and I respect that as well.
is a wonderful football club with one of the best English managers in a
long, long time so you always know the difficulties it that is going to
Let downs: Redknapp analysed where his squad had come from – Estenan Granero, for example, from Real Madrid
'It is nice to make it through. The players were fantastic and I thought they deserved the result.
'It was difficult for us in the first half. We had to sit off them and they have some top, top players.
'I thought the way they responded to going in front at a Premier League ground was great. They played with no fear.
'Getting into the fourth round was a little bit of history for us and now the fifth round makes it a little more special.'