QPR boosts survival hopes with win at Southampton

Last-place Queens Park Rangers boosted its hopes of surviving

relegation from the Premier League by beating Southampton 2-1 on

Saturday, giving manager Harry Redknapp the perfect 66th birthday

present.

Jay Bothroyd, recently returned from a spell on loan at

second-tier Sheffield Wednesday, scored the winning goal in the

77th minute to secure only QPR’s second away victory of the

campaign.

The London club closed the gap to next-to-last Reading to three

points with 10 matches remaining and is now within touching

distance of escaping the bottom three.

Loic Remy put QPR ahead in the 14th only for Gaston Ramirez to

equalize on the stroke of halftime for Southampton, which stays

fifth from bottom.