Queens Park Rangers' poor form continued after they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Bristol City on Tuesday night, with a late Famara Diedhiou penalty proving decisive.
Matt Smith gave QPR the lead when he scored on the stroke of half-time, but Niclas Eliasson levelled for the Robins before the controversial decision in time added on ensured the points stayed in the West Country.
Unsurprisingly, the Rs faithful were disappointed to see the referee award what appeared to be a soft penalty. Darnell Furlong was adjudged to have hauled down Diedhiou when there was very little contact.
From Rangers' perspective, their slide down the table is becoming something of a concern, and manager Steve McClaren will need to find a remedy sooner rather than later.
Even though the penalty was questionable, QPR did not really impose themselves in the second half at Ashton Gate and supporters were quick to point that out.
It’s looking precarious for McClaren and his players at the moment, with games against West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough on the horizon.
As hard a pill as the City defeat is to take, the supporters must ensure they stick behind the team to get themselves back on track.
Here’s a look at the best reaction on Twitter:
Showed no desire to win that in second half. Penalty or not we got what we deserved— Airlie Bird (@airlie_bird) February 12, 2019
Struggle to see how pinging long balls all game is a game plan. Bidwell has got to get closer to stop the crosses! Poor display.— Antony Foster (@antonyfoster88) February 12, 2019
Bidwell good in attack but very poor in defence. Never got close enough to the right winger. Furlong not good enough imo— lharco (@lharcoqpr) February 12, 2019
Harsh defeat but we got the tactics wrong in the 2nd half.— Marv (@marvelous_marv) February 12, 2019
I don’t know if the players minds are on the Cup game but we need to start winning again.
not really heartache is it - its called concentrating for the full game and not relying on the ref to make stupid decisions. Oh well! mid table finish and a cup run is better than relegation! Roll on Friday!— elliott gilmore (@elliottgilmore) February 12, 2019
Scandalous.— Mark Quigg (@markie_q_bbq) February 12, 2019
You can’t beat 12 men each week. Scandalous penalty decision.— DTWLes (@DTWLes) February 12, 2019
The standard of refs is getting beyond a joke , sat pen should have been re taken I suppose 6 players in the box ain’t enough tonight’s should have been a foul on furlong !!!— del (@del1882) February 12, 2019
Cheated for sure but we were battered 2nd half that is 5 defeats on the bounce now which is garbage to say the least— Stephen Anthony (@qpruleok) February 12, 2019