Moussa Sissoko fired Newcastle to a sixth successive victory to extend QPR's dismal run on the road.
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Harry Redknapp insists Rio Ferdinand still has a part to play in QPR's survival bid as the former England captain returns from suspension.
Ferdinand was hit with a three-game ban following comments he posted on Twitter but is now eligible to return at a key time for the R's - who are without Richard Dunne for the visit of Leicester on Saturday as he serves his own suspension having collected five yellow cards.
– QPR boss Harry Redknapp.
Absolutely, he can play a big role.
Hopefully he is going to be fit. He is going to train and we will assess his fitness. He has not played for a few weeks now. He had the suspension.
We will have a look at it and see how he is. Rio does not have anything to prove to anybody. He has been a fantastic player for so many years. He is not one that I have to worry about.
It has been difficult. He has come from a team who win every week to a team who has come out of the Championship and found it difficult. It has been a difficult period.
He probably was not getting a lot of protection. It was not just Rio, whoever played at the back found it difficult in those early games. We have looked more solid recently. I am delighted to have him here.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes Mike Ashley has been a "fantastic" chairman for Newcastle and claims Alan Pardew would have been sacked by now under a foreign owner.
Ashley has endured a turbulent relationship with Newcastle supporters, who have criticised the billionaire's off-field appointments, the renaming of St James' Park and a lack of investment in new players since he bought the club in 2007.
– Harry Redknapp
The chairman has been fantastic.
He gets a lot of stick, Mike Ashley, but he's always at the games in the crowd.
He follows the team, loves it, and has stuck by Alan because he knows he's got a good manager.
It's easy to make a knee-jerk reaction and bomb him out.
They finished fifth the other year and were very unlucky not to finish in the Champions League places - he's done a good job.
QPR have been fined £20,000 for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the November 8 game against Manchester City, the Football Association has announced.