16 Dec 2012

Redknapp's QPR win at the 17th attempt

12:06 pm on 16 December 2012

They remain in the relegation zone and five points adrift of safety - in 19th place - but Queens Park Rangers have finally won a game in the English Premier League football competition.

The London side, who the All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen plays for, ended a record 16-match run without a win and moved off the bottom of the Premier League table - above Reading and up to 19th - with the 2-1 win over visiting London rivals Fulham in front of a capacity 18,233 crowd at Loftus Road.

Both the second-half goals came from Moroccan striker Adel Taarabt, a player who has been at QPR a lot longer than any of the expensive signings who have so signally failed to gel.

Taarabt was instrumental in getting QPR out of the Championship and back into the Premier League in 2011 under manager Neil Warnock, who was sacked in January.

The 23-year-old Tottenham Hotspur reject can now expect special treatment from former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, the man who once sent Taarabt out on loan and who took over from sacked Mark Hughes last month with the club's owners praying for a miracle.

Since Redknapp arrived, with QPR anchored to the bottom on just four points from 12 matches and an unwanted tag as the only side in England's four professional divisions without a win, the club with the smallest ground in the Premier League has seen signs of hope.

Apart from a defeat by Manchester United two days after he was appointed in a match Redknapp watched from the stands, QPR have racked up three draws and now a win.