QPR boss Warburon laments key decision which he says swayed west London derby Brentford's way
Mark Warburton made another unhappy return to his former club as Rangers were beaten 2-1 at Brentford – but said the home side got lucky with a red card that never was.
The match was all square at 1-1 when Bees defender Mads Bech Sorensen knocked QPR striker Lyndon Dykes to the ground as he raced onto a though ball.
But referee Matt Donohue did not think it warranted a red and Sorensen escaped with a yellow card as a free-kick awarded on the edge of the area came to nothing.
“I’m more than disappointed and anyone who knows the rules of football will know why I’m disappointed,” said the QPR boss.
“It was a major moment in the game. Our player was there before the goalkeeper, who was never going to get to the ball. The foul’s been given and it’s the last man.
“There’s no other decision to give, by the rules of the game, other than a sending off. That’s one of the easiest calls you’ll ever have to make.
“It changes the game. We started off well, gave a soft goal away, responded well and scored a tremendous equaliser, but that has changed the dynamic of the game.”
Warburton had cause to decry another key decision, as Todd Kane received his marching orders for a second yellow card seven minutes from time – the result he felt of the home bench making a big deal out of what he felt was an innocuous challenge.
“We saw a ludicrous second yellow card for Todd Kane because of the loudest shout,” he said. “One aspect of empty stadiums seems to be that the loudest shouts seem to get the call.
“The two boys go in for a difficult bouncing ball and you get screams from the bench and suddenly another yellow card is produced. All players and coaches want is consistency.”
He added: “I’m just very disappointed that players give that much effort and show that much quality for long periods of the game and leave with nothing, courtesy of some very questionable decisions.
“We looked a good team for long periods of that game. It’s a bitter pill to swallow. The players are more than angry. We should have come away with at least a point. We leave here feeling very hard done by.”