Taarabt buoys Redknapp

16 December 2012 01:17

QPR boss Harry Redknapp lavished praise on Adel Taarabt after he scored twice to help Rangers to their first Barclays Premier League win of the season.

The Morocco international scored two second half goals as QPR beat local rivals Fulham 2-1 at Loftus Road to move off the foot of the table.

"(He has) Fantastic ability, he was amazing today," said Redknapp. "He is an amazing talent, we all know that and we have all seen it since I went to Tottenham, no-one ever doubted his ability or his talent."

He went on: "I decided I had to get him in a position where he wants to play.

"He has been playing off the left but today I played him in the hole, off the front man and tried to get him between the lines - play little balls in those holes to him and every time he got the ball they were in trouble."

Fulham boss Martin Jol felt the majority of his players who played well in Monday's 2-1 win at home to Newcastle had not turned up at Loftus Road.

"I'm very disappointed with our style of play - I can complain about the goals but especially first half we never looked to earn the right to use our quality," he said.

"We looked a bit rigid. On Monday we had players in midfield, like they had Adel today, they need to travel and do something extra. We didn't do the simple things or play in the flow. I wanted to give 10 of the 11 players who played last week the chance to do it again but there were too many players not there."

The Dutchman also felt the defending from his side could have been better for both of Taarabt's goals.

"The second goal for example was very cheap and easy and the second was a deflection," he added. "We tried to get in their half and the passing was sloppy and they could break us away from home. Our two central midfield players could never get up the pitch and support."

Source: PA