English FA Cup

January 5, 2013



1 - 1

West Brom

English FA Cup

15:00 +00:00, January 5, 2013

Loftus Road Stadium, England

Referee: M Clattenburg

Dyer rescues Redknapp

QPR manager Harry Redknapp was pleased after Kieron Dyer's injury-time goal, which equalised Shane Long's second-half strike, earned an FA Cup replay.

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

"It was a good finish from Kieron. He got through a full game which was good. He's kept going. He hasn't played a full game since I don't know when.

"I didn't want to get beat. It was important to stop getting beaten. The draw today, following the win against Chelsea, is not bad. West Brom are not a bad side. They are strong, well organised with a bit of flair. You can see why they are in the top half of the table.''

Redknapp gave new signing Tal Ben Haim a debut at left-back but admitted it had not been successful.

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

Redknapp also suggested football fans were falling out of love with the FA Cup after only 8,984 turned up at Loftus Road. He said: "You see teams going half-hearted at the FA Cup for some reason, teams that are in the middle of the table.

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

Meanwhile West Brom assistant coach Kevin Keen said: "We are a fraction disappointed with a replay but we'll take them back to the Hawthorns and have another go.

"Kieron Dyer is an old friend of mine and he popped up with a good goal. Good luck to him, I hope he can carry on for a few years yet. He gives his heart and soul every game.''

Scoring Summary

Queens Park Rangers West Bromwich Albion
Kieron Courtney Dyer (90')Shane Long (79')