QPR defender is Dunne with being the nice guy

QPR defender Richard Dunne

QPR defender Richard Dunne - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Richard Dunne believes QPR need to take a leaf out of west London rivals Chelsea’s book by becoming a nastier team to play against.

Rangers let a point slip from their grasp conceding an injury- time winner against Liverpool and, with Karl Henry admitting he wished he’d fouled Raheem Sterling and taken a red card instead of letting him sprint clear to create the winning goal, Dunne hopes lessons have been learnt.

He said: “That’s very honest of him [Karl Henry] and we probably all with hindsight would have done something different.

“I think as a team we’ve probably been too nice.

“We’ve not committed enough fouls throughout the season. You look at what Chelsea did to Arsenal a couple of weeks ago, they just disrupted them and maybe that is something that we have to take into our game.”

“It will be a big lesson for us and hopefully it will be of benefit to us as the season goes on.

“Overall the performance is something we can be positive about. We created chances and looked dangerous going forward.

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“Certainly nobody could question our commitment.”

The former Irish international was restored to Rangers’ starting line-up for the first time since August and despite scoring an own goal, his 10th in the Premier League, he is hoping to retain his place in the team for the home match against Aston Villa.

Dunne said: “I enjoyed playing. I’d not played for a good few weeks – I enjoyed it and hopefully I did ok. The own goal was disappointing.

“It was just one of those things where you think ‘that’s my luck at the moment’.

“It happens, but it is about the team performance and I think as a squad what we’ve done in training for two weeks and this performance, we can definitely take positives and have the confidence that we will pick up points as the season progresses.

“We’ve been working on this formation and a few different things, changing players around.

“The manager said at the start of the season that we haven’t got a big squad, players will be changed and be rotated.

“We freshened things up and it might be the same for the next game, which just keeps everyone on their toes.

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