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In his own words: Phil Parkinson post-Queens Park Rangers

17 February 2018

Second half goals from Joel Lynch and Matt Smith saw ten-man Wanderers slip to defeat down at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon.

Mark Little was dismissed for the Whites nine minutes into the second half, with Rangers' pressure eventually telling in the 70th minute as Lynch broke the deadlock before striker Smith put the result beyond doubt in added time.

And speaking after the final whistle, manager Phil Parkinson covered the following points...

On leaving Loftus Road empty handed...

I thought the effort and application of the players was excellent and we stood strong as a team.

We knew it would be tough as QPR are very direct with the way they play with big Matt Smith up top, but in the main, we dealt with it well.

The sending off however was a big turning point in the game and although we were doing okay with ten men, we conceded the opener and it was always going to be tough from thereon in.

They've had a week to prepare for this game, whereas we've been on our travels this week, and then to have ten versus eleven, it was always going to be difficult.

On Mark Little's dismissal...

Mark has left the ground and has given the referee a decision to make which I cannot complain with.

Had it been a QPR player, perhaps it may have been a yellow card, but it was a moment of recklessness from Mark and it has proved costly for us.

I can understand why the referee has given a red card, but his overall performance and that of all four officials today was poor.

When you come to Loftus Road, with the tightness of this ground, the crowd are right on top of everything and every decision seemed to be going one way.

On the side's overall performance...

We created some good chances to score and on another day, we would have taken them.

The lads have applied themselves well today however and stood strong as a team.

I am disappointed that we haven't got anything from the game, but we move on.

On Josh Vela's withdrawal at half time...

It's not looking good for Josh. We've got injuries and suspensions now and a few other bumps and bruises inside the dressing room, so it's going to be an interesting team selection as we go into Tuesday night.

We're going to need Macron Stadium absolutely bouncing and behind us because these lads need a lift.

They're looking forward to the game already, but we've got to think carefully now about our team selection and assessing everybody in the next 48 hours.

On Jem Karacan's contributions...

I thought Jem did really well for us. When he came on, he was nice and composed in possession and put in a very good performance this afternoon.

And finally, on Tuesday's important clash against Sunderland...

There's three points at stake and that's the most important thing. Both us and Sunderland got beat today too, so we're in the same positions more or less.

All we can do in concentrate on the process and hopefully the outcome will take care of itself.


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