QPR striker Cisse blasts his side's defending against Bolton
We shot ourselves in the foot, admits Frenchman
Djibril Cisse admits QPR were masters of their own downfall as they suffered a seismic blow to their survival hopes against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
Rangers slipped into the Premier League’s bottom three after Ivan Klasnic struck late to condemn Mark Hughes's side to a 2-1 defeat at the Reebok Stadium.
Hughes was left fuming after Clint Hill's first-half header clearly crossed the line but was not given by the officials, a moment which proved pivotal in the match.
However, Cisse believes his side shot themselves in the foot with the slack defending for Klasnic's winner, with the Bolton striker allowed to slip through the Rs defence with ease to beat Paddy Kenny.
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"We reacted really well, but we conceded that goal at the end. It was a mistake, because to be honest with five minutes to go you cannot really concede a goal like that," said the Rs striker. "It's not only the defenders who defend, it starts with the attack. The whole team should have done better on that goal."
However, with the Football Association announcing on Saturday that they are pushing for goal-line technology, Cisse admits that assistance for match officials cannot come soon enough.
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"It was clear that [Clint Hill's header] was a goal," added Cisse. "The referee didn't see it, and it cost us the game. It’s difficult to take. The referees are only humans and they need help.
"They need whatever help they can get, and video technology is one option. They have to do something, because we saw how it cost us the game."
QPR dominated much of the contest against Owen Coyle's side, but had only Cisse's poacher’s finish early in the second half to show for their efforts, the Frenchman’s second goal in a Hoops shirt.
Cisse admits he is relishing the task of helping to keep his side in the top flight, and insists that he saw enough in the performance of his team-mates on Saturday to know they can avoid the drop.
"I am happy to help the team, but when you don’t bring points home it’s a bit useless," added Cisse. "With this kind of performance there's no doubt that we are going to stay up. We have to produce this every game, and we have to score goals.
"We know what we have to do, we have to fight until the end, and that's what we are going to do.
"We have to do it. I love challenges and I love the club already. I will do my best to help the club stay up, because we belong to the Premier League now."
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