QPR midfield duo Niko Kranjcar and Leroy Fer have difference of opinion on Ryan Shawcross’ yellow card
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Niko Kranjcar believes referee Martin Atkinson made the right decision not to show Ryan Shawcross a red card for a heavy tackle on the Croatian.
The 30-year-old scored a stunning free kick after he was fouled by Steve Sidwell to earn QPR a point, but just a minute before he was on the end of a heavy challenge from Shawcross who was shown a yellow card.
Kranjcar said: “To be fair the ball did get away from me as well and the pass was not the best passes. He did come in late on me but I didn’t think there was a lot of intention.
“I think he just misjudged the timing.”
One man who saw it differently was teammate Leroy Fer who was quick to tell Atkinson what he thought of the challenge, with his protest leading to a yellow card for the Dutch international.
Fer said: “I think the ball was away and it was a tackle from behind so I thought it was a red card because there was no intention to play the ball
“That is why I reacted like that.”
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Kranjcar knows the Rs will have to improve their overall performance as they look to grab their first point away from home at Southampton on Saturday.
He said: “I think we showed character and spirit – I think we can improve.
“It is a really important point to get. The way the game went you didn’t see us getting back into it – they had a really good chance to make in 3-1 and the game was quite open.
“Our finishing and decision making in the final third wasn’t the best.
“Getting the free kick late on and scoring was a massive boost for us.
“We have two away games now and obviously we have to improve.”
Fer was also relieved to have secured a point and explained the strategy that manager Harry Redknapp asked the team to implement in midfield.
He said: “It was a tough game. I think we were the better team overall. They had some good chances but we kept working and got a point.
“I think every team is stronger at home but we need to be better away from home.
“We started with a flat four, with two players out wide and me and Joey [Barton] in the middle.
“During the game you always switch and sometimes you end up in the diamond but I think the strategy was to play 4-4-2.
“I think we have a great team and a good squad. For the next game I hope the players that we lost, will be fit.”
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