Ainsworth stands by decision to take off Chair in QPR defeat

Ilias Chair has been fasting during Ramadan (Picture: Ian Randall Photography)

Gareth Ainsworth stood by his decision to take off Ilias Chair during the second half of QPR’s 3-0 defeat at home to Coventry.

Relegation-threatened Rangers were again appalling defensively and devoid of attacking ideas.

They particularly struggled to create chances after boss Ainsworth withdrew Chair on 65 minutes – a substitution which seemed to surprise the playmaker and annoyed the home crowd,

Chair, who has been fasting during Ramadan, was once again asked to operate on the left flank, with Albert Adomah on the right.

Ainsworth said: “Ilias, with two games in a week with Ramadan – he’s fasting still.

“I thought both wide-men gave a lot – gave a hell of a lot of running – and it was right to change both of them.

“You live and die by those decisions and that’s one I made today.”

Ainsworth was left mystified by more awful Rangers defending.

QPR have won just one match under Ainsworth (Picture: Ian Randall Photography)

Their shortcomings at the back have been a major factor in a slide down the table which has left them in serious danger of dropping into League One.

And Viktor Gyokeres’ early opener, which came after Kenneth Paal had given the ball away, means they have conceded a goal in the opening 10 minutes in five of their past six matches.

Ainsworth said: “We’re too easy to score against and once the goal goes in we’re too fragile.

“We then start looking around, going into individual mode and we’re not a team then, and that’s tough to take.

“I thought we were OK and not out of it totally until the second goal. That goal is so disappointing because we are wide open at the back.

“It’s not as though we haven’t worked on that in training. Why we sometimes don’t replicate what we do in training is a mystery.

“We’re wide open, we really are. We’re gung ho in the 70th minute and once the second goal goes in that takes us out of the game.”

Rangers, who were top in October, have won just one of their past 20 matches – their only win in their nine games since Ainsworth took over.

Ainsworth admitted: “It’s hard. But I came in with open eyes.

“There’s a hell of a lot to change here, but I can’t do it in the period of time I’ve got until the end of the season.

“I’ve just got to try and manufacture teams that gets results.”