The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Sam Townsend

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.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

LET­TING FLY: Matt Phillips scores the sec­ond goal for QPR

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