Harry Redknapp may have been managing Tottenham in the Champions League only a few seasons ago, but he isn’t new to a relegation scrap. And he is more akin to beating the odds than not, with an almighty uphill battle with Southampton going against him.
QPR started tonight rock bottom and eight points adrift from everyone else the last place they wanted to go was away to Stamford Bridge to face rivals Chelsea. It’s fair to say that before a ball was kicked everyone had this down as a Chelsea win, but with football there is never a sure thing.
Rafa Benitez saw this as a game that he could change up his side and give a run out to players such as Bertrand and Marin meaning Mata and Hazard on the bench. Turnbull was in goal instead of Cech, but I don’t think he would have been able to save Wright-Phillips shot if he were in goal. The game was there for Chelsea to win, but to QPR’s credit they defended with all their heart, and if they are going to stay up then they are going to ha e to do that every game for the rest of the season.
The goal itself was one that was deserving to win the game. From QPR’s corner, the ball cleared, Adel Taarabt nonchalantly laid it off for Shaun Wright–Phillips to drive it low and hard from range to beat Turnbull. Though the goal was an important one, and one that was a long time coming, he showed respect to his former club by not celebrating. The rest of the team, well almost, and the fans along with Harry Redknapp celebrated enough for him.
So with an important three points gained, will this be the start of one of the greatest comebacks that the Premiership has ever seen and be yet another page in the scrapbook that is titled Harry Houdini’s greatest escapes. I believe it is.
Love this photo. SWP keeping it cool, not celebrating, Taarabt looks like he is telling him off, Derry is about to explode with joy while Nelson looking like he put big money down for Chelsea to win, realizes who he owes it to. Then there is Cahill in the distance is in sheer disbelief