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QPR boss Ian Holloway bemoaned the farcical mistake which led to his side’s FA Cup third-round defeat against League One MK Dons.
The Championship team lost 1-0 at Loftus Road, where Ousseynou Cisse scored a 60th-minute winner.
It came after Rangers’ Josh Scowen chased a misplaced pass from team-mate Grant Hall and, by nudging the ball away from the right-hand touchline in order to keep it in play, inadvertently sent Cisse through.
Holloway said: “When the ball goes out to someone like that it’s got to go back in, it really has. We had so many bodies back up there.
“To play it square and then to keep it in when it’s going out, I can’t believe it.
“That ball is a package. You give it to one of the QPR lads and tell him where you want it.
“You don’t ever take a package to the post office without putting a message on it where it’s got to go, do you?
“Unfortunately that’s cost us. It should have been 0-0, we’d still be in the cup and this would be a result.
“But we passed their forward clean through and he scored. Am I happy? No.”
Holloway selected virtually his strongest team and they dominated most of the game only to concede against the run of play.
It continued Rangers’ terrible FA Cup record – this was the club’s 49th third-round exit.
“You could tell by the team I picked I wanted to win it,” said Holloway.
“This time people can’t point the finger at me and say ‘He changed too many of the team’.
“But was that the same effort? Was it the same choices? It didn’t look it. In training everything was buzzing.”