A furious Chris Ramsey hinted that Junior Hoilett might not get another chance in the QPR first team following the League Cup defeat at home to Carlisle.
Rangers were beaten 2-1 by the League Two side at Loftus Road, where Hoilett, who has consistently underperformed since his move from Blackburn in 2012, was jeered by fans as he was substituted in the second half.
Head coach Ramsey refused to name names, but said he planned to speak to the club’s owners about changes that need to be made to the squad and insisted the youngsters who featured were not to blame for the result.
“I didn’t think the young kids were to blame and I don’t regret playing them,” he said.
“Some of the players who are little bit more experienced, barring Clint [Hill], needed to step up with their league experience and show some of the kids what it’s all about.
“On tonight’s performance, some of the players who have not been picked recently have not done enough – and I’d pick the kids over them at the moment.”
And he added: “I don’t want to be unprofessional [by naming players] but there comes a time when you have to protect the interests of the fans and what they’re looking for.
“You also have to look at the way the club has treated players fantastically over the last few years and it’s about time that they start realising that this is a precious situation that they’ve been put into and they need to start paying back the faith people have put in them.
“You’ve got to look at why the club’s bought you. If you’re not prepared to at least put your heart on your sleeve for the club, then we don’t need you.”
After Derek Asamoah put Carlisle ahead, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas equalised and Rangers missed several chances before Jason Kennedy netted a 79th-minute winner for the Cumbrians.
Ramsey’s side have now conceded two goals in all but one of their six matches this season.
“We’ve conceded two very soft goals again. I’m not happy. We’ve conceded two goals in every game and that cannot be right,” said Ramsey.
“It means that teams are coming to us and rubbing their hands, knowing that they’re going to score. It means we then have to score three or four goals to win a game and that’s not right.
“They should be capable of overcoming a team like Carlisle. They should be able to score enough goals, because we created enough chances.
“Look at the chances we’ve had; clear-cut, in front of goal – you have to score them. You have to score with those chances and we haven’t.
“We’ve had two one-versus-ones in the centre of the box. They’ve just got to kick it in the goal.”