Harry Redknapp defends Rio Ferdinand amid criticism

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp insists that his side's problems aren't all down to the form of defender Rio Ferdinand.

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has defended Rio Ferdinand following the club's poor start to the season.

The 35-year-old joined the club in the summer on a free transfer from Manchester United, but has struggled to find his feet at Loftus Road, becoming part of a defence that has conceded 18 goals in eight matches.

However, Redknapp is adamant that his side's problems are not all down to their defenders, and feels that Ferdinand has been used as a scapegoat.

He told reporters: "It has not been as easy for him obviously but it's funny how everybody is looking for a scapegoat and it's all Rio's fault.

"Obviously it's been different for him but when we didn't play well it wasn't because of Rio. When we went to Tottenham and got beat by four I thought Rio and [Steven] Caulker were our two best players, the only two who came out with any real credit.

"Last week, when he wasn't in the team he was part of the team even though he didn't start, and that's important - you need people like that round the football club."

QPR face Aston Villa in their Premier League clash later today.

Rio Ferdinand of QPR salutes the crowd at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on September 14, 2014
Read Next:
Ferdinand: 'Defeat is hard to take'
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Wolverhampton WanderersWolves27195350203062
2Derby CountyDerby27157544232152
3Cardiff CityCardiff27155740251550
4Aston Villa27138639241547
5Bristol City2813874033747
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd27134104031943
7Leeds UnitedLeeds27134103729843
8Fulham2711974034642
9Middlesbrough27125103527841
10Preston North EndPreston27101163127441
11Brentford27101074135640
12Norwich CityNorwich28117102831-340
13Ipswich TownIpswich27123124039139
14Queens Park RangersQPR2789103137-633
15Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest27102153343-1032
16Millwall27710102930-131
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds27710103034-431
18Reading2778123035-529
19Barnsley2769122737-1027
20Hull City27510123944-525
21Bolton WanderersBolton2767142545-2025
22Burton Albion2766152146-2524
23Birmingham CityBirmingham2765161538-2323
24Sunderland27410132947-1822
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account