Gareth Ainsworth expressed his frustration and disappointment with defender Jimmy Dunne, labeling his actions as naive following Queens Park Rangers’ 2-0 defeat to West Brom at The Hawthorns. Dunne received a quick double booking that ultimately affected the outcome of the game.
Dunne’s troubles began when he was first booked for returning to the pitch prematurely. Just two minutes later, he received a second yellow card and was sent off, reportedly for marking the penalty spot after West Brom was awarded a spot-kick. Brandon Thomas-Asante converted the penalty in the 59th minute, and Grady Diangana added another goal eight minutes later.
Ainsworth criticized Dunne’s behavior, stating, “There was a crazy moment to give the penalty away and then a crazier, more naive moment with the red card.” Ainsworth further elaborated that he spoke to the referee, who indicated there was an incident involving a West Brom player at the penalty spot. The referee was convinced that Dunne was responsible, leading to the second yellow card. Ainsworth acknowledged that if this account was true, it was indeed a naive action.
He added, “The first yellow was coming back onto the pitch too early. You can accept getting done by football, but when you lose a player to that – if it is that – then it’s very naive.”
This loss marked the fifth consecutive defeat for QPR, leaving them in the relegation zone of the Sky Bet Championship. Ainsworth acknowledged the pressure on him and the team but expressed confidence that they would improve and turn their fortunes around.
As for West Brom head coach Carlos Corberan, he emphasized the importance of patience and maturity in breaking down a defensive opponent like QPR, especially when facing a 5-4-1 formation. He highlighted the need to avoid conceding counter-attacks while creating scoring opportunities. Corberan also mentioned the significance of stretching the opposition’s defense by attacking down the sides and utilizing one-on-one situations. His team’s approach paid off with a victory that pushed them back into the top six.