Ryan Nelsen backed Harry Redknapp to pull of another great escape from Barclays Premier League relegation after the new QPR boss made an instant impact in his first game in charge.

Redknapp masterminded Tuesday night's goalless draw at Sunderland, going some way to stopping the rot that had cost Mark Hughes his job as manager. The clean sheet was only Rangers' second of a league campaign that has seen them make the worst start of any team in the division's history.

Veteran defender Nelsen, who played under Redknapp at Tottenham last season, said: "I know Harry and that him and his staff will be doing their utmost to get us points. Obviously, he hasn't had much time. He is still getting to know every player. He has to cast his own eye on everyone and that won't happen overnight."

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