QPR 2-4 Milton Keynes Dons
THE FA Cup draw against MK Dons did for Neil Warnock last season – so Harry Redknapp must be grateful he has a second team.
The other Rangers have extracted five Premier League points out of the last nine. But the boss reckoned beforehand that if his change squad failed to see off League One opposition, he would have serious doubts over their worth.
This humiliation just compounded Harry’s secret fears.
"We gave them three diabolical sloppy, comic goals," he said.
Rangers were roundly booed at half time and full time – but it will be a major surprise if any of the starting XI gets a berth against Manchester City on Tuesday.
Jay Bothroyd (pic) nodded in from five yards on 83 minutes, and Fabio notched a second in added-on time, but it was all a bit too late.
In fact, the early hope was DJ Campbell’s conversion, only to see it ruled out for offside and then Armand Traore haplessly sliced into the roof of his own net.
The left-back’s swing from a Dons corner sent 3,000 Bucks fans into raptures after just four minutes.
The defender nearly made amends with a surging run into the box on the left only to chip cross too high for anything but a headed clearance.
Jamie Mackie was a toe-poke from equalising with Ali Faurlin providing the slide-rule assist through the centre, and Esteban Granero’s weaving run produced a low shot – but well wide of the upright.
All of which was mere huff and puff when David Martin’s thumping kick-out took a flick on to soar over the head of Anton Ferdinand and see Ryan Lowe run on and slide the ball past Rob Green.
Fans gave their side stick at the half-time whistle, but if they were unhappy then – they were a mass of seething resentment on 50 minutes.
Lowe was given the freedom of the right to deliver a low cross for Ryan Harley to side-foot home.
A defence in disarray was left to point the finger at each other again six minutes later when Harley turned provider for Ryan Potter to strike from six yards and render Rangers’ hopes of FA Cup success null and void.
The one consolation was the return of Bobby Zamora after two months – but even the striker slashed a decent chance wide when brought on as a second-half sub.
QPR: 4-4-1-1: Green, Fabio, Ferdinand, Ben Haim, Traore; Mackie, Granero, Faurlin, Park (Zamora 67); Bothroyd; Campbell
Subs not used: Murphy, Derry, Hill, Onuoha, Ephraim, M’Bia