QPR coach criticises referee after Rangers edge to Bolton win

Joey Barton was one of six QPR players booked on Saturday afternoon

Joey Barton was one of six QPR players booked on Saturday afternoon - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

QPR first team coach Joe Jordan was critical of the referee in the wake of Rangers’ 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

Andy Johnson’s second-half strike settled the contest at the Reebok Stadium, on a day when match official James Adcock booked six of the QPR players.

Jordan revealed that Rangers withdrew striker Charlie Austin in the second half after Austin became embroiled in an altercation with Bolton’s Marc Tierney.

“We had to be cautious, he was getting wrapped up there in an incident he really shouldn’t be getting involved in,” said Jordan.

Danny Simpson, Richard Dunne, Nedum Onuoha, Joey Barton and Karl Henry were also booked, but Jordan defended Harry Redknapp’s side.

“I never saw a bad tackle in the game. To collect five bookings in a game like that and they collected one, I would question the bookings.

“He booked Richard Dunne who I thought got the ball in the ninth minute. Once you start booking people as early as that for that sort of offence then you’re setting your stall out. For us to get five bookings is definitely over the score.”

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QPR’s win put them top of the Championship ahead of the afternoon fixtures, and Jordan said he was encouraged by the display. And the coach also praised goalkeeper Rob Green, whose vital late save from Craig Davies kept Rangers’ lead intact.

“It’s not an easy place to come to,” added Jordan. “I think we can get better, with respect to the way we have started the campaign we have approached it in the right manner.

“He [Green] did it last week as well. In both cases you can’t dismiss his influence in both results.”