Redknapp backs Wanderers this season
HARRY Redknapp was delighted to see his QPR side leave the Reebok with all three points on Saturday – something he believes many teams will struggle to do this season.
A 54th-minute Andy Johnson goal, in a game of few chances, sealed a first win in Bolton for the R’s in 18 years – and only a third ever.
And boss Redknapp felt it was just rewards for the hard work his team put in on the day, particularly in defence.
Redknapp said: “Bolton is a tough pace to come and not many teams will pick up three points here.
“It is never easy at Bolton.
“Richard Dunne, Nedum Onuoha at the back and Rob Green were excellent for us.
“The way Bolton set up with the diamond in the middle, meant space was there for our full-backs and that is what Clint Hill used for the goal.
“He is a centre-back but it was a great run and a great ball in for the goal.
“I told him it was more like Leighton Baines the way he attacked for that goal.
“In the first half we got the ball out to Danny Simpson an awful lot and then we crossed it and hung balls in there that suited their two big central defenders.
“I felt we had to use the space wide better and be a bit more creative around the box.
“For the goal we got in behind and it paid off.
“Andy (Johnson) has been a goalscorer all his career and is lively around the box.
“It was good to see him get a goal today.
“He has been injured and we wasn’t sure of he would be fit but we took a gamble and it paid off.”
Redknapp’s side are not level on 10 points with Championship leaders Blackpool and remain unbeaten.
It is a start that has pleased Redknapp after relegation last season.
And he believes a good start is crucial for a promotion bid.
He added: “Ten points from 12 is a good start and you need to get a good start.
“The year I had a Portsmouth in the Championship, we were up there all year from the start.
“ It was a good performance and a good three points for us.
“We have a good dressing room now and that’s the key.
“Around 17 or 18 players have gone out and with the lads who have come in, there is a different feel around the place at the moment and winning gives you that as well.
“It is a completely different atmosphere at the club.
Despite inflicting a second successive defeat on Wanderers, Redknapp still expects them to be up amongst the promotion runners and riders come May.
He said: “I think Bolton will be up there.
“They are a good team who have a good young manager in Dougie Fredman and Lennie (Lawrence) is working with him.
“They will do well.”