QPR manager Harry Redknapp got the perfect birthday present on Saturday as the Premier League' s bottom-placed side earned a 2-1 win at his former club Southampton .
Victory was the ideal tonic for Redknapp after waking up on his 66th birthday to damning reports of ill-discipline on a recent Dubai training camp. Rather than throw the strugglers off track, though, QPR performed admirably on the south coast and opened the scoring after just 14 minutes through Loic Remy.
Saints looked shell-shocked having started the brighter and were somewhat fortunate to go in at the break level, with Gaston Ramirez following up a Julio Cesar fumble. Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino - coincidentally also celebrating his birthday - sent his side out with renewed vigour but again they were caught napping.
Park Ji-sung sent a low cross from the right and Bothroyd slotted home to the delight of Redknapp, abused throughout by the home supporters. Substitute Robert Green, on for the injured Cesar...