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Dec 13, 2012

Jol backs Redknapp to boost QPR

Fulham manager Martin Jol says Harry Redknapp can finally get QPR their first win of the season and put them on the road out of trouble - but not this weekend.

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Jol takes his side to Loftus Road, where he is aiming to extend the home side's record winless streak to 17 games, after a morale-boosting Monday night triumph against Newcastle.

However, he said he feels Rangers - who have drawn three times since Redknapp succeeded Mark Hughes - are close to that first victory.

"I can remember from even before Harry was there when they were quite close to winning," he said.

"They've had seven draws and could have had wins, because I saw a couple of games where they were very unlucky.

"They are in a difficult situation, but there are a lot of games to go where they can get a lot of points on the board so you can never write them off.

"Harry has been there a couple of weeks now, and they are looking for a response all the time and need a response now. We are aware of that.

"I think they have got the quality and, of course, Harry is capable of coming up with a few very good results."

Jol can speak from experience, having found himself in a similar situation early in his management career with RKC Waalwijk.

"I think [taking over at a struggling team] is always a tough job," he said. "At my second club, they had three points at the end of November and that was the first time in history that a club had that amount of points and still managed to stay in the league.

"The year after, we were fourth with two other clubs, so I think Harry can do a similar job. He's proved in the past that he's a very good manager, a fantastic manager, but it's a big challenge."

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