QPR midfielder Karl Henry admits Redknapp was livid in dressing room after Liverpool defeat
12:01 20 October 2014
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Karl Henry believes schoolboys would have defended better for the three goals that QPR conceded in the 3-2 defeat against Liverpool.
A brace from substitute Eduardo Vargas looked like it would be enough to secure a well-earned point for the Rs but a poor free kick from Leroy Fer was headed clear and the Reds’ counter-attack resulted in an own goal from Steven Caulker.
Henry was not pointing fingers at any individual, admitting everyone was the blame, but it will come as no surprise to Rangers fans to hear there was a heated discussion in the dressing room afterwards.
Henry said: “Harry [Redknapp] was not happy. He was shouting at us of course, we threw it away. It was naive from us, unprofessional. It can’t happen.
“Someone said in the dressing room that it wouldn’t have even happened in an Under-11s game. The goals we conceded were shocking.
“How were we unprofessional? Like with the first goal. They take a quick free kick and we were asleep. It was ridiculous.
“Then having them break on us for the second goal, running out of their box quicker than we did. You cross the ball and it drops in their box and it’s not possible that they have four of five bodies in our box and we’re not with them. That shouldn’t be possible.
“You get to 2-2 late on in the game - you don’t concede. But we dropped the free kick short rather than run it in the stand or making sure it’s long, in the corner, somewhere else.
“Everyone in the dressing room was really disappointed afterwards. We were extremely disappointed in ourselves - we let ourselves down.
“We played well for large parts of the game, to come in with no points is a joke. But we only have ourselves to blame.”
Along with the performance of captain Bobby Zamora, the impact of Vargas from the bench was another major positive to come out of the match.
Henry is confident the 24-year-old has the quality to score goals on a regular basis as Rangers try look to move off the bottom of the table.
He said: “Eduardo is that Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez-type of player and hopefully he can continue in that form. He’s a nuisance when he comes on. He’s small and powerful, he’s got goals in him.
“He’s been very good in training. I don’t think it will take him long to adapt at all. He works hard. The one thing that can catch some players out when they come from abroad is how hard you need to work in the English game, especially in a team like QPR where you have to out-work the opposition.
“He has had no problems in that respect and his quality is there for all to see.”
With Tim Sherwood and Tony Pulis linked with the Rs job ahead of the Liverpool match, manager Redknapp hit back in his post match press conference, stating that he is still the best man for the job.
Henry feels the performance against Liverpool shows that the team are fully behind the former Spurs boss.
He said: “We are fighting for Harry, but we’re also fighting for ourselves and the club.
“It’s a good job that we have here. It’s well documented that footballers get paid well, we know the situation we’re in and we’re giving it everything.
“Any suggestion that we’re not, we’re not happy about. I felt we gave a good account of ourselves on that front, but it’s all in vain.”
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