QPR 0 Chelsea 0: Roberto Di Matteo bemoans penalty decisions
QPR 0 Chelsea 0: Roberto Di Matteo bemoans Andre Marriner's failure to award the Blues a penalty at Loftus Road on Saturday
Roberto Di Matteo bemoaned Andre Marriner’s failure to award Chelsea a penalty after the Blues played out a goalless draw with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.
QPR defender Ryan Nelsen appeared to pull John Terry to the ground from a Chelsea set-piece in the first half but Marriner waved play on much to the Blues skipper’s frustration.
Shortly after, the visitors were denied what appeared an even clearer spot-kick when Shaun Wright-Phillip’s clumsy tackle halted Eden Hazard’s run inside the QPR penalty area.
The Hoops improved in the second half and limited Chelsea to just four efforts on Júlio Cesar’s goal, leaving Di Matteo to reflect on the referee’s contentious decisions.
“It was a feisty derby with tackles flying in,” Di Matteo told BBC Sport. “In the first half we were very much in control and had a number of opportunities to score and were only missing a goal.
“We also had two penalty incidents and it’s a shame the referee didn’t see them or think they were penalties.
“The one on Terry was an incredible one and the other one, maybe he thought there was not much contact [on Eden Hazard]. But it’s a clean sheet and a draw away from home and we will take it.”
Meanwhile, QPR manager Mark Hughes heaped praise on his players after the home side enjoyed large spells of possession against the Champions League winners.
“Today we acquitted ourselves really well – we were assured and calm and we dictated to the European champions for long periods,” said Hughes.
“We were good in possession and created chances. Credit to the players, I thought the performance was excellent.
“Our concentration levels were excellent. It’s early days for us but I have seen improvements in every game we have played and it’s only a matter of time before it all comes together.
“Once everyone’s up to speed and fitness levels are on a par then I have no doubt we will have a good season and we will see evidence of what a good side we are.”