Redknapp calls for improvement

  • Last Updated: December 28 2013, 13:39 GMT

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has told his side they must do better if they are to challenge for promotion this season ahead of Sunday's Sky Bet Championship match against Watford.

Harry Redknapp: Expects QPR to progress
Harry Redknapp: Expects QPR to progress

The Hoops travel to Vicarage Road on the back of two defeats - a 1-0 loss to leaders Leicester last weekend followed by a 2-0 reverse against Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day - which left them three points off the top of the table in third.

QPR look set to be without leading scorer Charlie Austin, who missed the Forest match with a hamstring problem and remains a major doubt.

Bobby Zamora started his first match since September - following a knee injury - in Austin's absence and lasted the first half, with Andy Johnson leading the line after the break, but neither looked like finding the net to leave Redknapp with an attacking headache.

Redknapp told the club's official website "We're struggling to score goals and it's a problem.

"We were without Charlie Austin (on Boxing Day) and Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson could only complete half a game each because of their fitness, and the injuries that they've had.

"It was difficult but there are no excuses - we've got to do better."

He added: "We've got another tough game at the weekend against Watford - that won't be easy.

"I'll have to look at the team and maybe juggle one or two around to see what we can do.

"We had a great start to the season. We've had a little bit of a blip now but hopefully that's taught us a lesson.

"We've got to up our game a bit if we want to challenge (for promotion)."

Watford boss Giuseppe Sannino must decide whether to keep faith with a winning line-up.

The Hornets ended their long wait for victory when they clinched all three points at the 11th attempt with a 4-0 demolition of Millwall on Boxing Day.

Sannino recalled Ikechi Anya and Fernando Forestieri for the encounter and, with no new injury or suspension concerns expected, it remains to be seen whether the Italian will stick with the same XI just 72 hours later against the R's.

Asked what he had tried to do differently to the previous five home games Watford had lost under former manager Gianfranco Zola, Sannino replied: "I'm not a magician but I'm an honest worker.

"I try to give a working mentality always to my players. It's only through the work that we can improve and have results."

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