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QPR Redknapp delighted with Kranjcar after draw with Stoke City
By Andrew Scott Sunday, 21 September 2014 05:05
QPR manager Harry Redknapp and many fans were delighted with Niko Kranjcar – who price per head agents see as one of the team’s key men – after the player was able to rescue a point on Saturday in their clash against Stoke City.
At Loftus Road, the Croatian player impressed fans with a free-kick made with only two minutes remaining, and QPR was able to get a draw of 2-2.
Peter Crouch, former striker for QPR, apparently gave Stoke City manager Mark Hughes – who in 2012 had a terrible 10 months with the club – a very nice return when early in the second half he gave the lead to his visiting side after Steven Caulker was able to level the early opener by Mame Biram Diouf.
But many fans could see that a 30-year-old Kranjcar had other plans, as the player curved a very nice set-piece right past Asmir Begovic, making sure that QPR clinched a very important point.
And Redknapp was very happy with Kranjcar, who on transfer deadline day left Dynamo Kiev and went back to QPR.
“It was a great finish from Niko – he’s got the quality to do that, he’s a quality player,” the manager said.
“When we got the free-kick I was hoping he could pull the game out of the fire for us and he did that.
“He was a free [transfer], we pay a third of what he earned in Russia [sic] – that’s how much he wanted to come back. It’s very rare to see a boy do that.”
Redknapp – who confirmed that on Saturday both midfielder Jordon Mutch and captain Joey Barton injured their hamstrings – was satisfied with the team’s draw with Stoke City, and many fans were also pleased with the way that the team played – especially Kranjcar.
“It’s a good point today, make no mistake. It’s a vital point,” the coach added.
Price per head agents saw that many fans were amazed with what Kranjcar was able to do on the pitch, and have high hopes to see the player continue to perform like this for QPR.