QPR boss Harry Redknapp has explained dropping Andros Townsend and Adel Taarabt for victory at Southampton.

Townsend has been excellent for QPR in recent games.

Redknapp said: "Townsend has been excellent. He's done great for me, so it was a difficult one leaving him out.

"He's been as good a player as we have, but I decided to give Junior Hoilett a run today.

"I felt we needed a target, so I brought [Jay] Bothroyd in as Bobby [Zamora] wasn't fit.

"Adel hasn't been at his best so I left him out."