QPR manager mentions players that contributed to the team’s defeat against Sunderland.

Gareth Ainsworth suggested Sinclair Armstrong is being “victimised” as a result of QPR’s defeat to Sunderland.

Rangers were defeated 3-1 at Loftus Road, with Jack Colback receiving a red card against his previous team.

Several decisions have gone against Armstrong, and manager Ainsworth believes his physical strength is unduly influencing officials.

“I’ve got no complaints about the red card,” Ainsworth stated.

“If I had any complaints, it would be that Sinclair Armstrong is victimized.”

“I didn’t know that being bigger, stronger and faster than people is going to be an offence in football. That seems to be what’s happening to Sinclair.

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“It seems to be preconceived ideas at the moment that he’s going to give fouls away. He’s actually stronger than people, he’s easing them out and they’re going down.

“I’d really like the refs to have a look at it and think ‘You know what, he’s actually going down and trying to buy a foul here rather than Sinclair doing anything wrong’.

“He’s going to be one hell of a player, Sinclair, and if he can get the rub of the green then he’s going to get many more chances.

“There were about five when he’s got in and people are going down and rolling around and the ref seems to be giving those fouls.”

Kenneth Paal put the hosts ahead but they were reduced to 10 men when Colback was red-carded for a challenge on Jobe Bellingham.

Sunderland equalised in the seventh minute of first-half stoppage time when Jack Clarke’s effort was diverted in by QPR defender Steve Cook.

And second-half goals from Dan Ballard and Abdoullah Ba secured the points for the visitors.

Ainsworth said: “Jack’s a competitor and if you tackle hard in this day and age and miss your timing then the refs can come down with a red card. He’s been a victim of that.

“We had a plan put in place and looked very secure, but with 10 men it was always going to be difficult against a team that were one game away from the Premier League last year and have spent good money in the transfer window.”

Rangers were almost relegated last season under Ainsworth, have only won once at home since last October, and have lost all three home games this season.

But he insists that there has been a significant change.

“This place is not what it used to be,” Ainsworth said. I’ll tell you right now: these guys drain the tank every game.

“It was difficult with ten men.” I’m not saying we would have won with 11, but we had a strategy.

“Being 1-0 at halftime would have been fantastic.” It’s a different team chat when you’re up 1-0.

“After that, all I wanted was for us to stay in the game.” The third goal was very lethal. That’s the end of us.”









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