HARRY Redknapp warned that teams like Sunderland were far from safe from relegation this season as the battle at the foot of the Premier League heated up this weekend.
QPR’s 3-1 win over Sunderland today, Aston Villa’s victory over Reading and Southampton’s draw against Norwich all helped change the basement picture.
And while the focus has previously been on the bottom four or five in the division, the Rangers manager warned that others could easily be dragged into it.
“We’ve given ourselves a chance now,” he said after the Londoners got back-to-back victories for the first time this season, courtesy of vanquishing the Black Cats.
“We are right in there and we’ve closed the gap.
“Admittedly we are still nowhere near 30 points even, but we are in the mix when it comes to escaping.
“And there might just be a few more surprises, too.
“Any team can have a bad run in the bottom third and we’ve got to hope to capitalise on that if we can.
“Wigan are a decent team – I watched their FA Cup game (a 3-0 win at Everton), they were terrific – and Aston Villa are too.
“They could easily get out of it, but then there are a few teams above us and them who could easily get sucked into it.
“So nothing is cut and dried.”
Increasingly, Redknapp is daring to believe, especially after consecutive wins.
“We’ve got good enough players to get out of it,” he said.
“It is just a case of waiting to see if it falls our way and doing our best to make sure it does fall our way.”
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