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Eustace: I don’t want to dwell on penalty call

JOHN Eustace refused to focus his attentions on the controversial late penalty which arguably cost QPR a deserved share of the points against Derby County this afternoon.

Referee David Webb gave nine minutes of injury time which both managers admitted post-match took them by surprise, and it was during this period that the play-off chasing Rams grabbed two goals.

The first came in the 94th minute when Luke Freeman was adjudged to have brought down Jayden Bogle in the penalty box, resulting in a penalty which Harry Wilson converted.

Wilson netted a second in the 101st minute to seal all three points for the hosts.

“The lads are disappointed with the penalty,” Eustace said when asked about the spot-kick.

“You can see it’s not a penalty but we had some real good chances so I don’t want to dwell on that decision.

“The players were magnificent and I am very, very proud of the group.”

Substitute Matt Smith almost put QPR ahead in the first minute of injury time but flashed his header inches wide, before Wilson struck.

The visitors were certainly worthy of something for their efforts but were left cursing their luck after another cruel injury-time penalty award.

“I thought the gameplan, the way we set up and the way we played was spot on, and it so nearly came off,” Eustace added.

“I am disappointed for the boys because of the effort they put in. I thought the performance was top drawer and there are a lot of positives we can take from this.

“The players were fantastic and they deserve full credit.”

Owing to Rotherham’s home defeat to Birmingham City, QPR are now mathematically safe from relegation and Eustace added: “The club asked me to come in and help keep the team up, and we’ve achieved that.

“We have shown we’ve got togetherness, we can fight and scrap, and the players have shown that they want to battle for this club and are very proud to wear the shirt.”

The gameplan so nearly came off.

John Eustace
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