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Ramsey questions Dunne decision

Published 25/04/2015

Richard Dunne thought he had given QPR a priceless lead only to see his effort chalked off
Richard Dunne thought he had given QPR a priceless lead only to see his effort chalked off

QPR manager Chris Ramsey bemoaned the decision to disallow Richard Dunne's second-half goal after a 0-0 draw with West Ham dented Rangers' survival hopes.

Dunne thought he had given his side the lead when he nodded home at Loftus Road but referee Mike Jones penalised Steven Caulker for a foul on Hammers goalkeeper Adrian.

The draw leaves Rangers four points adrift of safety, having played a game more than the three teams above them in the table.

"On the disallowed goal, referees need to look at the consequences of their decisions," Ramsey said.

"We're scrapping at the bottom and there was no way that was a foul.

"I'm trying not to get into having a go at the referee but I know now why managers do it now.

"We're fighting for our life and you get a decision like that, that's why people have a go at refs. People's livelihoods are at stake.

"It's given for a foul by Caulker but he's gone up to head the ball in a normal challenge.

"He hasn't put his hands above his head or anything like that and the goalkeeper has spilled the ball."

Ramsey added: "It could be the fact you can't touch keepers but we're led to believe a fair challenge is a fair challenge.

"If the keeper goes up for the ball are we supposed to just let him catch it and clear it?"

QPR's chances of avoiding the drop look slim, particularly given their next two games see them travel to Liverpool and Manchester City before they finish the season at home to Newcastle and away to Leicester.

"I think you need three wins realistically," Ramsey said.

"Two wins might just do it but we have to approach these next two games like they are finals."

West Ham extended a poor run of form that has seen them win only twice in the league in 2015 but it could have been worse for Sam Allardyce's side had Adrian not saved Charlie Austin's first-half penalty.

Adrian has saved his last three consecutive spot-kicks and Allardyce was full of praise for his goalkeeper.

"He's proving to be one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League on a consistent basis," Allardyce said.

"That's three penalty saves on the trot now. He's been an outstanding find from our point of view."

"It will spread fear across the league because everyone will know he's saved three on the trot so people will be even more nervous.

"Your goalkeeper is the second most important member of your team after your goalscorer and he's shown that today by winning us a point."

West Ham's disappointing second half of the season has seen them slip to 10th in the table and increased the uncertainty surrounding Allardyce, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

"A man of my age and my experience doesn't lose sleep over things like this anymore," Allardyce said.

"It's not worth it. My health is worth more than worrying about things like that.

"You stay awake at night worrying about your team, that's the priority. That's what you concentrate on."

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