QPR win battle of the top teams

QPR boss Neil Warnock was remaining grounded after they moved five points clear at the top of the npower Championship with a 2-1 win over Cardiff.

QPR boss Neil Warnock was remaining grounded after they moved five points clear at the top of the npower Championship with a 2-1 win over Cardiff.

Craig Bellamy put Cardiff in front after 13 minutes, but goals from Kaspars Gorkss and Adel Taarabt turned the game around and gave QPR all three points.

Warnock said: "It was a great game. It was two teams playing end-to-end stuff, which is what football should be about. And the atmosphere was unbelievable.

"It was a great goal by Adel but I have to say that Kaspars Gorkss was superb at the back apart from the mistake for their goal, and the whole spine of my team were excellent.

"Shaun Derry was magnificent in midfield and the spine of Paddy Kenny in goal, Matt Connolly at the back, Derry and Rob Hulse were great. I thought it was Hulse's best game for us.

"We won't be getting carried away. You don't win anything in November, but the points are great to have."

Cardiff boss Dave Jones was furious with the refusal of a late penalty for a challenge by Matt Connolly on Jay Bothroyd.

He said: "How can the referee not see it? And if he doesn't see it, how can the linesman not see it?

"They're the big decisions that matter in tight games like this.

"Everybody in the stadium could see it was a penalty. The reaction of the QPR players tells you that. We feel hard done by.

"I went to see him (the referee) about it afterwards and he asked if I was questioning his integrity. I was questioning his decision.

"Referees have got to be better in games like this. Was the game too big for him? That's for the referee's assessor to decide."

Warnock had a different view, though.

"I thought the referee had a good game. What Dave's saying is deflecting from the result, and we deserved to win that match," he said.

Jones added: "It was an even game and both teams deserved to get something from it. We probably should have, as we had a lot of chances in the second half. The decisions were the difference between us getting a point and not.

"It's a kick in the teeth but we were behind QPR and caught up with them before, and we'll have to do it again."

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