RAMSEY NOT WORRIED BY BOO BOYS
QUEENS Park Rangers boss Chris Ramsey has defended his substitution decisions after sections of the home fans made their opinions clear during their comfortable win over MK Dons.
Following their midweek goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday, Ramsey admitted he understood the fans’ criticism.
And while the Hoops turned in a largely dominant performance with second-half goals from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Matt Phillips and substitute Junior Hoilett, Ramsey was not without his critics once again.
As well as jeering Ramsey, some of the home fans also directed their displeasure at midfielder Karl Henry who remained on the pitch until the 84th minute, as well as Leroy Fer’s arrival in the place of Massimo Luongo.
However, Ramsey refused to be swayed by their opinions, insisting he was justified in his decisions, especially with both Fer and Hoilett contributing to the goals.
“You have to make the call and both Leroy and Junior managed to get in the goal-making action as well as doing a good job for the team when they came on,” he said.
“I suppose people give you stick when things don’t work out. There it did, Tuesday I made a similar substitution and the score remained 0-0.
“I just look at the job that Karl Henry does. He’s one of those players that does a lot of unseen work in any game plan and the players that are on the ball and look pretty and open the pitch up for you generally get the plaudits, but you need players like him that are prepared to run about and tackle and break play up and that’s his gift.
“I thought first half we were on top for most of the game and I’m not sure if Rob Green had a save to make but we didn’t take our chances.”
The Dons arrived in London without an away win since August and it was the hosts who enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges with Henry just failing to make contact with Phillips’ teasing ball across the box on 20 minutes. Paul Konchesky then squandered the best chance of the first half when he scuffed his shot inside the area ten minutes before the break.
With QPR unable to convert dominance into goals, the home support became increasingly restless and the decision to replace Luongo just before the hour-mark was met with resounding boos.
It was then the turn of Green to spring into action with a magnificent fingertip save to deny Simon Church.
But QPR finally took the lead on 70 minutes when Emmanuel-Thomas deftly brought the ball down, flicked it onto his right foot, before coolly slotting home while Phillips curled in a second eight minutes later.
And Hoilett put the gloss on the performance, bundling the ball into the net from five yards out.
“Three-nil is a harsh scoreline,” reflected Dons manager Karl Robinson. “We need to be better in the final third of the game.We need to make sure that we’re ruthless for 90 minutes.
“I think sometimes we believe we can switch off when things are going right and at this level you can’t. At 0-0 we need to be more ruthless in our finishing and our defending and I think collectively we need to be better in all areas of our game.
“QPR didn’t play any football, let's be honest. They put us under pressure with throw-ins, free-kicks, corners, it was get it into our final third and try to lock on to us.”
LETTING FLY: Matt Phillips scores the second goal for QPR