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Mar 8, 2013

Redknapp: 37 points enough to survive

Harry Redknapp has stated he would take 37 points now in order for Queens Park Rangers to stay up, but says the team need to win back-to-back games in order to generate sufficient momentum.

"QPR have been written off by many as all but relegated but last week's 2-1 win at Southampton has given the club fresh hope of survival.

Redknapp's side are currently bottom of the Premier League table, with 20 points and just ten games left, but the former Spurs boss feels 17 more points could be enough to stay up.

"I've been optimistic all along," he said. "When we got beat by Liverpool I still said we'd stay up. Nothing has changed my opinion. I still feel the same way. The players have been bright this week, on the back of the Southampton result. We're ready to go. Tomorrow is a massive game for us [against Sunderland]. We've got to give everything we've got tomorrow. Three points tomorrow will make such a difference.

"Teams that are six, seven, eight points above us. It can all change quickly. It can evaporate very quickly. A couple of wins, couple of losses. We need a run of wins. Certainly, I think we need another five wins at least. We need to win half our games, maybe get a draw or two. I'd take 37 points now and walk away and take my chances. You'd have to be a fool not to take it. "We've just got to keep trying ourselves and picking up results.

"I think we've worked hard all through. We had that good run of five games, where we went unbeaten against some of the best teams: Chelsea, Tottenham, Man City, great results for us. Then we got beat, we had a bad day at Swansea and then got beat by Man United, which they do tend to beat most teams. So, we bounced back again last season with a win against all the odds really, in terms of what was expected. I can't fault the effort. We've got to keep that level from last week now for the last ten games."

Redknapp admits the Southampton win has improved the mood of the club but that it will only matter if they can immediately build on it with victory against Sunderland on Saturday at Loftus Road.

"It was massive but it will only count for anything if we can get three tomorrow," he said. "We need back-to-back wins. It's something we've never done. So it's about time we did that here. If we can do that, it'll put us right back in the picture.

"There's no picking football results. It's so difficult, games you should win, then results you get where you're not expected to. Last week, at Southampton who beat Man City at St Mary's, probably not a lot of people gave us a chance there. We went there, got a great result.

"Tomorrow will be a tough game. No doubt about that, good players. [Martin O'Neill] has got a couple of strikers there, they look strong up front so, we're at home, as you say, we're confident. We can hopefully get a result.

"We've averaged over a point a game, which is OK. Just, the starting point was obviously difficult. We started behind the eight ball and it's difficult. We're still in there. We have every chance."

While QPR take on Sunderland, fellow relegation rivals Reading and Aston Villa meet each other at the Madejski Stadium. Redknapp feels the most favourable result in the match between the two teams above his side would be a draw.

"If we can win, a draw [between Reading and Villa] is the best result, in an ideal world," he said. "If we can get three points tomorrow, it puts us right on the coattails of them two. We've got to play them away from home. Sometimes the pressure away from home in them type of games is not so great. Maybe being away from home won't be such a disadvantage."

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