MARK Warburton admitted he was “hugely frustrated” after seeing his QPR side lose 3-1 at home to Brentford on Monday night, with a controversial penalty being awarded to the visitors proving to be a key talking point.
The Bees led at half-time through Ollie Watkins but the R’s drew level when Grant Hall powered a header home shortly after the restart.
With the hosts looking to push on, referee Andy Woolmer awarded a spot-kick when Bryan Mbeumo went down in the box.
Watkins netted a third deep in injury time.
“I think in the first half we didn’t move the ball quickly enough and in truth we deserved to be 1-0 down at the break.
“In the second half we started much better, we moved the ball well and we got the goal back.
“At 1-1 we have the ascendancy. It was always going to be a tight game decided by fine margins but it is a very soft decision which has cost us, I have to say it’s a poor decision and to lose in that manner is hugely frustrating.
“Brentford deserved the half-time lead but we got the crowd behind us in the second half. The keeper pulled off a great save, then we got the goal and we looked good.
“We were moving the ball from left to right, creating lots of space and the ball players were starting to dictate the play, so it’s very frustrating to lose to that type of decision.
“It was always going to be tight and that one decision has cost us.”
Victory would have moved Rangers into second spot while the defeat leaves them in eighth and just one point outside the playoffs.
“It’s a missed opportunity but it’s a long season,” Warburton added.
“We are fourteen games in now but it’s a relentless season.
“You are going to see lots of dips throughout the season but we have to analyse the game and then everything goes towards the weekend.
“We have another tough challenge away at Leeds - they are a very talented side but you saw tonight in the second half what we can do.”