Redknapp starts QPR reign with Sunderland stalemate
LONDON (REUTERS) - Harry Redknapp's salvage operation at Queens Park Rangers started with a battling 0-0 draw at fellow strugglers Sunderland in a dour Premier League match on Tuesday.
Aston Villa beat Reading 1-0 thanks to a late goal by striker Christian Benteke in another game between teams near the bottom of the table but the focus was on Redknapp's first match in charge at his fifth Premier League club.
"We worked hard and there were a lot of positives," Redknapp told Sky Sports. "I feel more optimistic than I did on Saturday." QPR, who have not won in 14 matches this season, remained rooted to the foot of the standings on five points, four adrift of Reading.
Villa climbed to 17th on 13 points following their third win of the season, level with Sunderland who are one place above them.