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HARRY Redknapp felt QPR paid the price for some ‘criminal’ defending after failing to make their numerical advantage count at 10-man Arsenal on Boxing Day.

Arsenal deservedly led at half-time through Alexis Sanchez – scoring after having an earlier penalty saved by Rob Green – but Olivier Giroud’s sending off renewed hope of a Rangers comeback.

Those hopes were dampened when Tomas Rosicky doubled the Gunners lead, leaving Redknapp and co. frustrated at full-time as Charlie Austin’s late reply couldn’t ultimately lead to a leveller.

“Once they went down to 10 men, you’ve really got to make sure you keep it tight,” Redknapp told www.qpr.co.uk. “The one thing we didn’t want to do was concede another goal. To let the second goal in when we did was criminal.”

Having survived Sanchez’s early penalty following a foul by Armand Traore, Redknapp was frustrated with his side’s failure to learn from their defensive mistakes during a ‘sloppy’ first 45 minutes.

“We got away with the penalty,” he said. “There’s no need for Armand [Traore] to go to ground there.

“We got away with that but then we’ve fallen asleep at the back for their first goal. It was a criminal bit of defending.