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Queens Park Rangers boss Jim Magilton indicated his disappointment at one or two players following the defeat against Swansea City.

While being generally pleased about the way his side started both halves, the R's boss lamented his sides' inability to take chances when they came around.

He told 'We started the game really, really well, controlling possession and creating chances.

'But we didn't score when we had the opportunities, and I know it's obvious to say, but red cards and goals change games.

'We had one or two chances through Wayne Routledge and Jay Simpson in the first half, but then the match turned lacklustre.

'It really petered out for the last 15 minutes of the half, but Swansea just about edged it in that period.'

Jim conceded that Dorus de Vries put in a match-winning display between the sticks to notably deny Jay Simpson and Wayne Routledge from close range - two saves that ultimately helped define the course of the game.

'At the start of the second half we were great from the first whistle,' said Jim.

'Their goalkeeper made two miracle saves, and then of course in 10 seconds, following Routledge's chance, the course of the game changed.

'Martin Rowlands was probably a little bit rash - and with two bookings, he has to go. It was always going to be difficult after that.'

While positive in the main, it didn't escape Magilton's attention that a few of the players weren't playing at their peak and he gave a stark warning without naming specific people.

'One or two of the lads' heads were still at St. James' Park, maybe they looked at the press reports after the game and lorded it up.

'We weren't as incisive as we have been, but we had to carry one or two today, which really disappoints me.'

The R's went down to ten men when Martin Rowlands was sent off for a poorly timed tackle and was given his second yellow early in the second period.

Swansea took full advantage with Mark Gower slotting home unmarked in the area, before Ben Watson was harshly sent to the dressing room for a second booking following a dubious handball decision.

Lee Trundle finished matters off with Rangers down to nine rolling home an excellent cross from the right by danger man Nathan Dyer.

Rangers now have a week to reflect on this result before facing Preston North End at Loftus Road after the international break.

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Date:Saturday October 3 2009
Time: 9:53PM


Boxer: Rowly was lucky not to get a straight red for the challenge that earned him his 2nd yellow card. Rash isn't the word, Wild is!! As for Watson, the handball wasn't harsh or stupid, the player was. He was on a yellow card and knew exactly what the penalty for deliberate handball is. If he didn't, then a few weeks in remedial class will help! We had a chance today, but wasted it.
04/10/2009 00:53:00
I agree about the Rowlands incident. I have grievances with regards to Watson. The handball law states it has to be intentional - and even then isn't necessarily punished by a yellow card. Seemed to me it clipped his arm with absolutely no intention on his part. It takes a referee that wants to give a card like that to give it.
04/10/2009 08:06:00
But my point is that, having just been booked, and seeing the mood of the referee yesterday, it was obvious that Hill was gonna book any infringement - however small. Watson should not have put himself into the position of forcing the ref's hand (however easily it was forced) - with handball it is extremely rare that it isn't given if seen & this ref was all ends going for the record number of QPR bookings!
04/10/2009 11:10:00
I don't understand the card at all though for Watson. Handball in that position should not be punished with a yellow, they weren't in a position to score or even break away in that position and I thought it was extremely harsh. Rowlands I blame, because it was rash and terrible, where as Watson's wasn't pre-meditated, it was an accident in my opinion.
04/10/2009 22:04:00
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