QPRQPR boss explains Cisse substitution

Cisse scored a great goal.

Harry Redknapp said his decision to substitute Djibril Cisse at half-time against Liverpool was about “damage limitation” because QPR were already 3-0 down.

Rangers boss Redknapp replaced the striker with Shaun Derry, who helped prevent the visitors adding to their goal tally after the break.

“Did you think we were going to win 4-3? Nor did I,” said Redknapp.

“You have to be realistic in football. Do you want to get beaten 8-0 or are you going to come out, keep a bit of pride intact and work hard in the second half?

“Damage limitation it’s called. It’s not a nice situation, but that was the situation I was in and it’s what I had to do.

“I had to change how we played and try to shut up shop. Maybe I should have done that from the start.

“You look at it at 3-0 and think ‘hang on, it’s going to be seven or eight here if we’re not careful’.”

But Redknapp did hint at problems involving the unsettled Cisse, who was ineffective once again and may well leave during the transfer window.

Redknapp said: “I know what the problems are but I don’t want to say publicly with one or two.

“You have to have everybody who works as a team if you’re going to get out of trouble. You only need one or two who don’t buy into that, or can’t do that, and you have a problem.

“Second half, we worked much harder. We pushed Jamie Mackie up front and he worked hard. We put people under pressure and worked harder.”

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Comments »

  1. Comment by Paul Bruce
    30/12/2012
    8:23 pm

    Get rid of him and the rest of the £ grabbers.


  2. Comment by Paul Bruce
    30/12/2012
    8:34 pm

    Olay Olay Olay Olay
    Cisse Cisse
    C’mon you Rs


  3. Comment by John
    30/12/2012
    11:01 pm

    Olay Olay Olay Olay
    Bring Back D.J


  4. Comment by Jack
    31/12/2012
    1:00 am

    So it has nothing to do with the abuse that was hurled at him by our own fans?


  5. Comment by Mark
    31/12/2012
    3:43 pm

    I suspect the other reason Cisse was taken off was that he was useless. I counted he touched the ball twice the whole time he was on. He was never up for it at all. Cisse is a has been.


  6. Comment by Nick
    31/12/2012
    5:14 pm

    Harry get DJ back now. You have a player who will give you 100%,will score goals and will want us to stay up. He’s one of us,a QPR man.



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