Green not to blame for Blues goal – Ramsey

Chris Ramsey insisted QPR’s poor defending, not a mistake by Rob Green, was to blame for their painful derby defeat against Chelsea.

Relegation-threatened Rangers battled gallantly only for Cesc Fabregas to score an 88th-minute winner with the visitors’ only shot on target.

It came after keeper Green sliced a clearance to Eden Hazard, who exchanged passes with Oscar before cutting the ball back from the left for Fabregas to fire home.

But Rangers head coach Ramsey said: “I’m not blaming Rob Green. It wasn’t one of his best kicks but we had a long time to defend that properly.

Fabregas' fifth goal of the season gave Chelsea victory at Loftus Road
Fabregas’ fifth goal of the season gave Chelsea victory at Loftus Road

“I thought they did very well, but I’m very disappointed with the manner of the goal we let in.

“Rob can’t look at himself and feel he was to blame. If it wasn’t for the [excellent] form he’s been in we wouldn’t be in this [relegation] battle, we’d be nowhere near it.

“When the ball goes out wide and you’ve got maybe eight players behind the ball we have to defend that better. The reason we’re in this predicament is that the goals we’ve let in have been soft.

“I’d be more accepting of it if we’d been done with a bit of clever movement and play, but that was one we could have defended against. All that running everyone does now goes to waste.”

A draw would have taken Ramsey’s side to within a point of safety and would have been a major boost for their morale.

They are still in with a fighting chance of staying up with five matches still to play and 17th-placed Hull struggling badly and facing a difficult run-in.

“The fans were fantastic and the players did give them something to hope about,” Ramsey added.

“The reason I’m sitting here sick is because I think we could have got a point for the fans against a top team.”

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