QPR 1 Wolves 2: Mark Hughes left to rue Djibril Cisse’s dismissal
Mark Hughes blames Djibril Cisse's sending off for Queens Park Rangers defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers at Loftus Road
Mark Hughes described Djibril Cisse’s first-half dismissal as the turning point after Wolverhampton Wanderers came from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
QPR made an impressive start and Bobby Zamora scored his first goal for the London outfit in the 16th minute, before Cisse was sent off for clashing with Wolves defender Roger Johnson just after the half-hour mark.
Mick McCarthy’s visitors then seized after the interval, with goals from Matt Jarvis and Kevin Doyle securing a vital three points for Wanderers.
“It [the sending off] obviously played a hand in the result,” said Hughes. “We were in complete control and it looked like we could run away with the game before that.
“Djibril has raised his arm at first because he is disappointed with the challenge, as we all were and, with his history of broken legs, you can understand his reaction.
“But he wasn’t sent off for that, he was sent off for what he did afterwards when he raised his hands again.”
QPR took an early lead after Cisse’s incisive pass found Shaun Wright-Phillips, who back-heeled into Zamora’s path for the former Fulham striker to prod the ball past Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.
However Cisse, Rangers’ best performer in the opening 30 minutes, was given his marching orders by referee Mark Clattenburg for clashing with Johnson after the Wolves defender was penalised for a reckless challenge on the French forward.
The sending off changed the game’s complexion and Wolves equalised in the 46th minute, when Jarvis jinked past Luke Young and curled a finish into Paddy Kenny’s bottom left corner.
Doyle, who replaced Richard Stearman at half-time as McCarthy looked to capitalise on Wolves’ numerical advantage, completed the visitors comeback with less than 20 minutes remaining, firing past compatriot Kenny to secure a precious three points.