Jan 30 2013 By Yann Tear
RYAN Nelsen's typically whole-hearted performance against Man City underlined how much he will be missed, according to Harry Redknapp.
Nelsen (pictured) was given a rousing cheer by home fans after Tuesday night's 0-0 draw at Loftus Road, which was almost certainly the New Zealander's final game for the club before he departs to Canada to manage Toronto.
“It's a massive blow. I wish he'd stay for one more game, but it's difficult,” Redknapp said.
“He's been fantastic. I took him to Tottenham last year from Blackburn on a free transfer and everybody thought I was mad. But he's an absolutely unbelievable player in my opinion and I'm sorry to lose him. You couldn't get a better boy than him.”
The Hoops manager also had praise for the contribution of keeper Julio Cesar, who made several vital reflex saves to ensure it finished honours even against the Premier League champions.
“It was a difficult night for goalkeepers – a skidding ball, windy and quite a bobbly pitch,” said Redknapp. “But you've only got to look at his record and see what he's done in the game. It's just amazing.
"He's won everything. He's an amazing keeper. It would be very hard to leave him out of the team. He's exceptional, there's no doubt.
“Rob Green's done well when he's played too. I'm lucky to have two good keepers and I want to keep them both around.”