Smithies: We deserved a point against Wolves

GOALKEEPER Alex Smithies echoed the comments of his manager Ian Holloway in his post match assessment of Thursday’s 1-0 defeat against Wolves.

Smithies, who collected Sky Sports Man of the Match award following a series of impressive saves, was left feeling disappointed as the R’s suffered a 2-1 defeat at Loftus Road.

Rangers played over an hour with just ten men after James Perch was sent off for a second bookable offence.

But despite Joel Lynch pulling a goal back late on QPR were unable to salvage a point from the match.

“It was very disappointing,” Smithies told www.qpr.co.uk.

“After the sending off they made it very difficult for us. We managed to stay in the game and come the end of the match we had an outside chance of nicking a point.

“We were a bit unlucky with Lynch’s chance in front of the goal but ultimately it is a disappointing night and another where we’ve not got the points at home.”

Perch was sent off by referee Tim Robinson in the 35th minute following a late tackle on Matt Doherty.

It was the QPR full-backs second caution of the match after he was booked for dissent inside the opening 11 minutes.

That meant Ian Holloway’s side were forced to play over an hour with ten men against Paul Lambert’s Wolves team.

Alex said: “A few of the boys weren’t happy with it (first booking), I can't even remember seeing the first yellow card.

“From what I saw of the second one I felt it was harsh but he has given it and you can't change that.

“The gaffer said at half time for us to try and keep the ball and play out from the back as much as we could to give ourselves a chance.

“We didn't want to lump it forward and be outnumbered in attack with only Seb up there. It worked to some extent but it is obviously difficult when you only have ten men.”

Despite a positive start to the second half QPR soon found themselves behind after Dave Edwards smashed the visitors in front on the hour mark.

Helder Costa added a second soon after but when Joel Lynch pulled one back for QPR prior to seven minutes of injury time the Loftus Road crowd sensed a point could be achievable.

“The whole atmosphere in the ground changed, we believed at that point we could nick something,” said the R’s number one.

“Because of their league position they started to get a bit nervous. We did have a couple of chances and we were probably quite unlucky in the end. I think we deserved a point for sticking at it and hanging in there.”

The whole atmosphere in the ground changed, we believed at that point we could nick something.

Alex Smithies
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