Ramsey blames missed chances after QPR squander two-goal lead

Chris Ramsey felt QPR were punished for missing chances in the 2-2 draw with Cardiff at Loftus Road, where the visitors came back from two down.

Clint Hill’s 33rd-minute header from Matt Phillips’ corner put Rangers ahead and Charlie Austin bundled the ball in 11 minutes into the second half – again after a Phillips corner.

But Cardiff hit back, with Sean Morrison heading home before Scott Malone equalised in the final minute with a left-footed strike from near the edge of the penalty area.

Malone scored after Austin had been denied by a goal-line clearance from ex-QPR man Matt Connolly and both Matt Phillips and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas missed chances for Ramsey’s team.

“It’s not a good result. We should have taken the points,” Rangers head coach Ramsey admitted.

“Even before we gave away the two goals we had lots of chances to seal the game and it should have been over well before they scored.

“If Charlie’s chance goes in – and the guy’s done magnificently to clear it – it would have taken the sting out of them. We also had a one-versus-one just before they scored and Matt Phillips had a one-versus-one as well.

“Cardiff were fantastic in possession and looked dangerous. But we’ve had balls flashing across the goal and when you haven’t taken those chances you get punished in the end.

“We need to work on getting more bodies into the box but even when we did that we didn’t take our chances.”

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas missed a great chance just before Cardiff equalised
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas missed a great chance just before Cardiff equalised

Cardiff boss Russell Slade felt Malone’s fine strike meant justice was done because Hill appeared to use his arm to nudge ball towards Austin in the build-up to the second goal.

Slade said: “We all went out for a walk this morning and Scott told me he always scores at Loftus Road. I thought ‘Chance would be a fine thing.’

“It was a great finish and gave us something we deserved. They were 2-0 up against the run of play and were fortunate for the second goal. It was definitely handball.

“We were disappointed with the goals we conceded from set plays but between the boxes we had a good structure, good movement and made good choices.

“We just needed a goal – and we got one from a set play ourselves. I thought our application and attitude were first class.”

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