QPR set to attack in play-off tie with Wigan


Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has promised his side will go all-out-attack as they search for the advantage against Wigan.

Rangers are searching for an instant return to the riches of the Premier League, but have to suffer through the challenge of the play-offs as they missed out on automatic promotion. A two legged tie with Wigan Athletic, themselves searching for an immediate return to the top flight, awaits - with a Wembley date with either Derby County or Brighton & Hove Albion the final step in securing promotion.

Redknapp has never experienced a play-off campaign before, but the well-travelled manager intends to approach the first leg in the same way as any other. Speaking to BBC London, the 67-year-old said: "My attitude and philosophy on football has always been to have a go.

"That won't change. We will be positive in the way we play and see if we can get at them at every opportunity. I wouldn't want to go away from home, not have a bit of a go and then come back home and get beaten."

Redknapp also hopes the experience of his squad - with various players all approaching the end of their careers - will aid those who have never been in this situation before.

"We have got to keep as relaxed as we can. You have got to keep the players sharp and bright," the 67-year-old said.

"You don't want to be piling too much pressure on. We have got to relax and play but at the same time we know the importance of the job.

"We have got a lot of experienced players; Richard Dunne, Joey Barton, Clint Hill and Rob Green and their experience will be vital to us."

Failing to achieve automatic promotion tops off what has been an underachieving season for those involved at Loftus Road, with recent reports indicating that both Borussia Dortmund - as well as this seasons Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid - spend less on wages than the London club. Redknapp added that promotion and the financial state of the club are interlinked, with the renewal of player contracts still up in the air.

"Agents ring you up but you don't know what type of players you are looking for," he said.

"If you are in the Championship you are looking for players on Championship wages but if you are in the Premier League you are looking for a different player again.

"There are a lot of lads here who, if you got in the Premier League, you'd want to keep the nucleus."

If the club fail to return to the Premier League at the first attempt, owner Tony Fernandes may have to rethink his strategy for financial stability - with Financial Fair Play closing in.

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