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Stoke boss feels QPR were gifted goals

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:15 26 November 2018

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

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Angel Rangel scored twice for the Rs at the Potters on Saturday

Queens Park Rangers full-back Angel Rangel was gifted his two goals against Stoke City in the Sky Bet Championship, according to Potters boss Gary Rowett.

Rangel scored both goals for the Rs in a 2-2 draw at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday, with Saido Berahino and Joe Allen on target for the Staffordshire club.

The Spanish defender’s first came when heading home in the seventh minute from an cross by Ebere Eze, who also teed up Rangel’s second, a powerful strike from inside the box 12 minutes from time.

Stoke manager Rowett, though, felt both goals were avoidable and was disappointed with the room afforded to Rangel by his team.

“We went a goal down early on and Rangel shouldn’t be allowed to run into an area unopposed. We’ve got to track the runner and do a lot better. That was a really poor start,” said the 44-year-old.

“I thought we actually responded quite well. We ended up scoring an equaliser, which I thought was a really good goal.

“Saido showed good anticipation for the equaliser and then we had a couple of other good moments.

“Then to go 2-1 up with another good goal, we then allowed another goal having been comfortable for 15 minutes.

“We looked like we’d taken the sting out of the game, but then we conceded again.

“Again we shouldn’t allow a 35-year-old right-back to run past our players and score again.”

“Basically we’ve switched off twice. Our players quite clearly have do to their job defensively, which they didn’t. We wasted a good position to be in.”

After Rangel had restored parity for the west Londoners, the visitors appeared keen to slow the game down.

That attracted the ire of the Stoke support who voiced their discontent with the Rs’ tactics, but Rowett admits it is just part of the game.

“With QPR being away from home, they were always liable to waste time at the end,” he added.

“You just hope the referee will deal with that a little bit better, but it is what it is.”

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