DERRY BAD NEWS FOR HOOPS

QPR v SWANSEA Sky Sports 1 – 8pm

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY APRIL 12 -

QPR have failed in their bid to get the red card shown to Shaun Derry at Old Traf­ford over­turned.

That means the mid­fielder (left) will miss tonight’s clash with Swansea at Lof­tus Road.

The FA yes­ter­day re­jected the London club’s claim Derry should not have been sent off af­ter the 14th-minute clash with Man United’s Ash­ley Young. Rangers in­sisted there was min­i­mal con­tact be­tween the play­ers in an in­ci­dent that led to Wayne Rooney scor­ing United’s open­ing goal from the penalty spot.

But the FA up­held ref Lee Ma­son’s orig­i­nal decision that Derry de­nied a goalscor­ing op­por­tu­nity – and im­posed a one-match ban with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Derry will be re­placed by Joey Bar­ton while striker Bobby Zamora is fit again af­ter an ill­ness.

De­fender Clint Hill be­lieves the meet­ing with Swansea and the week­end trip to West Brom will go a long way to­wards de­ter­min­ing the club’s fate.

He said: “The re­sults at the week­end went in our favour, but the next two are the big­gest games of our sea­son.”

Swans pair Danny Gra­ham and Scott Sin­clair were rested for Fri­day’s de­feat to New­cas­tle but will be re­turn for this one.

As­sis­tant boss Colin Pas­coe said: “We’ve al­ways said 40 points is our aim. There are six games left, so if we get a win the other teams will have to win four of their last five.”

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