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Dunne upbeat despite defeat

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Sat, 05 Jan 2013 20:13:00

QPR manager Harry Redknapp admitted that his team were a little fortunate to escape with a 1-1 draw from their FA Cup third round tie with West Brom at Loftus Road.

But the R's boss was delighted for Kieron Dyer, who has been plagued by injury during recent seasons but bagged a very late equaliser here, his first goal in top level football since May 2007.

"I tried a few different players today but couldn't really see the goal coming," said Redknapp. "We were a bit short really.

"It was a good finish from Kieron and he got through a full game, which was good. He's kept going and he hasn't played a full game since I don't know when. I'm pleased for him.

"I didn't want to get beat and the draw today, following the win against Chelsea (on Wednesday), is not bad. Losing is a bad habit.

"West Brom are strong and well organised, with a bit of flair. You can see why they are in the top half of the table.

"Maybe the Chelsea game knocked a bit out of our lads. One or two of them looked a bit tired but, credit to them, they kept going."

Redknapp's new signing Tal Ben Haim made his debut in defence but the manager agreed it was not an unqualified success.

"I played him at left-back and he is a right-sided player," said Redknapp. "He was completely on the wrong side. I knew that but didn't have any left-backs, so that was a problem. It left us with no balance."

And Redknapp also pointed out that football fans seem to be falling out of love with the FA Cup, just 8,984 fans having turned up at Loftus Road.

"You see teams going half-hearted at the FA Cup for some reason, teams that are in the middle of the table," he said.

"People want to see Premier League football I think and maybe the sales were more exciting for them than QPR and West Brom today. You'll find lots of clubs with attendances down."

The Irish striker headed home a right wing free-kick from Kevan Hurst to earn the Shrimpers a 2-2 draw at Roots Hall.

But that came after the Bees defence had rushed out trying to play offside and Rosler felt it should have been disallowed.

"Southend's equalising goal was at least two metres offside," said Rosler. "I went to see the referee after the game because it is not good enough for the linesman to make a decision like that and he should just apologise.

"We are professionals and we expect the referee and his officials to also be professional as well.

"But now we have another game in our already busy schedule which we do not really need at the moment.

"The replay will be hard as well because Southend are a good team. They play clever football which is hard to cope with and Gavin Tomlin up front is an excellent player which makes it even harder for us."

But, early on at Roots Hall, Brentford seemed set for victory. They went in front with a well worked goal in the 29th minute when Tom Adeyemi raced on to a neat flick from Paul Hayes and rolled a low slot in to the bottom left hand corner of the net.

The Bees then doubled their lead nine minutes later when a low right wing cross from Sam Saunders was diverted past his own goalkeeper by Ryan Cresswell at the near post.

However, Southend got back in to the game within 60 seconds when Sean Clohessy's deep cross was the right flank was headed home at the far post by Corr via the underside of the crossbar.

The Shrews fought a rearguard battle at Glanford Park. The visitors failed to muster an effort on target for 80 minutes until substitute Tom Bradshaw finally tested goalkeeper Sam Slocombe from long range.

Although they came close to sneaking a winner in stoppage time when a brilliant effort from Jon Taylor looked destined for the top corner until the ball was tipped away at full stretch by goalkeeper Sam Slocombe.

Turner said: "We've kept clean sheets in the last three games and broken our duck away from home so it's been a pleasing period. It's looking a lot better than it was a couple of months ago.

"The important thing for us was to take something out of the game. We allowed Scunthorpe a little bit too much room at times, but in the last 10 minutes we had some good opportunities.

"It was a fantastic save from their keeper that kept that really well-struck shot out in the last minute from Jon Taylor - I couldn't see how he could get to it.

"A point here, given all the circumstances, is not a bad result."

The Shrews fought a rearguard battle at Glanford Park. The visitors failed to muster an effort on target for 80 minutes until substitute Tom Bradshaw finally tested goalkeeper Sam Slocombe from long range.

Despite dominating most of the possession, Scunthorpe could not make it count and were held to a goalless draw, leaving them still with only one home win all season.

"We have had 70% of the ball and created some good chances, but our cutting edge deserted us," said Laws.

"Of course it was a game we needed to win and I am disappointed we didn't, but there are plenty of positives we can take from a performance like this. The fans know when we have put on a good shift and they stayed right behind us.

"It's the first time we have kept a clean sheet for some time, so we have got to be happy with that. Our home form has not been good but we have now drawn both games here in 2013, so that is encouraging."

Laws knows he desperately needs got strengthen during January if Scunthorpe are to stay up.

He added: "If things work out, I would like to bring in two, possibly three players, but we may have to be patient.

Meanwhile, Ellington could be on his way back to Ipswich after a injury-hit first month at Glanford Park. He limped off again in what was his home debut with a hip injury.

"We will make a decision next week," said Laws.

The visitors went in front with a well worked goal in the 29th minute when Tom Adeyemi raced on to a neat flick from Paul Hayes and rolled a low slot in to the bottom left hand corner of the net.

The Bees then doubled their lead nine minutes later when a low right wing cross from Sam Saunders was diverted past his own goalkeeper by Ryan Cresswell at the near post.

However, Southend got back in to the game within 60 seconds when Sean Clohessy's deep cross was the right flank was headed home at the far post by Barry Corr via the underside of the crossbar.

Corr then doubled his tally in the 53rd minute when he was left all alone in the penalty area after the Brentford defence charged out trying to play offside from Hurst's right wing free-kick.

"The players did very well to come back against a strong side who are doing well in the league above us," said Sturrock.

"For long parts of the game I'm not sure you could tell who was in what league and we created enough chances to have won the game.

"The players are gutted not to have got through but it was pleasing to see Barry get a couple of goals.

"He took them well and I didn't see a problem with the second one as one of their defenders was lazy coming out at the back post.

"There were players offside in there but I don't think Baz was one of them."

James Collins netted in between Andy Williams' double before substitute Raffaele De Vita completed a 4-0 rout for the Robins.

Carlisle's travelling fans called for Abbott to be axed after the final whistle at the County Ground.

Abbott restricted his post-match comments to a minimum after admitting he found few positives to take from the heavy beating.

He said: "I was very disappointed with the result and the way we played.

"We were beaten by a good side. Swindon are a good side, so let us leave it at that.

"All I am prepared to say is that there are positives and negatives in every game, so there is nothing more to be said."

The U's were the better side for long periods of the game but came away empty-handed after David Cotterill scored a stunning match-winner six minutes from time.

"I thought we were magnificent and didn't deserve to lose," said Dunne. "We executed a game plan absolutely spot on and it's one of the those games as a manager when you're left scratching your head.

"We have to recognise we lost the game at the end of the day and we are all devastated about that, but the players should be proud of themselves. I couldn't have asked for more from them and if they continue to play like that we are going to get out of the situation we are in."

Colchester had the ball in the net on the stroke of half-time when Josh Thompson headed home but the effort was disallowed for pushing.

Dunne added: "I thought it was a perfectly good goal, but that's the way it goes when you are struggling near the bottom.

"It's hard to take, but we just have to keep believing in ourselves because we will win more than we lose if we play like that.

"It's tough losing again after a performance like that but I'm really proud of my players. It took a wonderful goal to beat us, but really that's no consolation at all."

Cotterill capped a mazy run with a curling shot into the roof of the net for his 10th goal of the season.

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