Harry Redknapp insists that if his midfield fail to get at least eight goals this season - they’re not doing their job.

After the disappointment of failing to land a striker to replace Loic Remy in the transfer window, the Rs manager wants hits from the second third of the pitch - preferably starting with the lunchtime clash with Stoke.

“The midfield has to weigh in with seven or eight goals,”  Harry said. “(Jordon) Mutch, (Leroy) Fer, Matty Phiilips, Junior (Hoilett) - that’s what they have to do. If they don’t  they’re not really producing.

In search of goals: Redknapp

“We lost Remy and it left us in a difficult situation, but you can’t just depend on your strikers.”

The manager believes his squad has recovered from the 4-0 mauling by Manchester United on Sunday, and reckons Fer at least had an excuse for failing to open his account in hoops.

The manager explained: “Fer went away with Holland; but he was not doing a lot hanging around the squad for two weeks.When you’re not playing that was a blow. But he played last week and he’s now up to speed.”

At the beginning of the season, chairman Tony Fernandes highlighted Stoke as one of the games he most wanted to win. The ills during the time when City boss Mark Hughes was in charge at Loftus Road goes deep with the owner.

But the current manager reckoned Sparky was not totally at fault for a slew of signings that took Rangers down from the Premier League.

Harry said: “I think Mark’s done a good job at Stoke. But here he had a split squad; the group from before (Hughes arrived) didn’t like the new ones, and the new ones didn’t like the old ones, but he’s got a good squad at Stoke that could finish in the top 10.”

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