Rangers will do their best without Blackstock

PAULO Sousa is resigned to soldiering on with a depleted front line for the rest of the season following the bizarre departure of Dexter Blackstock. Sousa confirmed after Saturday s 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace that the decision to loan Rangers leading s

PAULO Sousa is resigned to soldiering on with a depleted front line for the rest of the season following the bizarre departure of Dexter Blackstock.

Sousa confirmed after Saturday's 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace that the decision to loan Rangers' leading scorer to struggling Nottingham Forest was not made by him.

Blackstock's exit, coupled with Heidar Helguson's injury, means that teenager Samuel Di Carmine - the club's only other out-and-out striker - will lead the line for the Rs' five remaining games.

Asked about the Blackstock move, the QPR boss said: "I gave the players two days off after the Bristol City game, then Mr Paladini said to me 'he goes on loan, we've got an agreement and this is the decision from the board'.

"We have only Sami and [Rowan] Vine is coming in after one year - he did well in those 20 minutes and I'm very happy for him.

"I'm not frustrated - I need to adapt myself, accept all the decisions and do my best with the players I have."

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Blackstock, who has scored 12 times for QPR this year, made his Forest debut in their 1-1 draw at Barnsley on Saturday.