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QPR manager Harry Redknapp believes his side deserved to win
QPR manager Harry Redknapp admitted he and his players were 'low' after a last-minute Shaun Maloney free-kick salvaged a 1-1 draw for Wigan in their Barclays Premier League clash at Loftus Road.
The hosts had played with 10 men for much of the game after Bobby Zamora was shown a straight red card for catching Jordi Gomez in the face with a high boot, but Loic Remy put them ahead with five minutes left. However, Wigan equalised in dramatic fashion when Maloney curled home a free-kick in stoppage time to earn the Latics a share of the spoils,.
Redknapp felt Rangers had done enough to win the game despite their numerical advantage and revealed the equaliser hit him harder than anything in his long career. Asked if he had had a tougher result to take as QPR manager, Redknapp replied: "All season? I don't know about in my football career, I don't know about all season."
He continued: "We didn't deserve that, we deserved to win. It was a fantastic performance from everyone one of them. It (the result) was criminal. Even with 10 men I thought we deserved to win. (The players are) low, just like I am, very low. You don't always get what you deserve in football, that is how it goes."
Zamora's red card will mean he will be missing for the next three games and Redknapp had no complaints about his dismissal.
"I thought it was a sending off," Redknapp conceded. "It was a rash challenge. He is sorry, of course he is. Bobby is a good lad. I don't know why he did it, it is not like him."
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez felt the early red card actually worked against his side, who could have leapfrogged Sunderland and Aston Villa with a win.
"I don't think in the position we are in we can go to places and try and get a draw," he said.
"But the draw at the end is a very good result for us. The sending off affected us more than anything because all of a sudden you feel the responsibility of winning a football game. The players took it too seriously and didn't enjoy their football at all, they were pedestrian. We got cagey and forced the play and getting on the ball and playing was a tough job.
"The sending off was something that should have been an advantage but it ended up being a disadvantage because all of a sudden QPR became well organised and the crowd got behind them."
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