Redknapp frustrated after QPR denied penalty in Arsenal defeat

The 67-year-old says his side should have been given a penalty for Kieran Gibbs’ challenge on Bobby Zamora and admits his players failed to capitalise on Olivier Giroud’s red card

Harry Redknapp believes QPR should have been awarded a late penalty in their 2-1 loss to Arsenal on Friday.

Alexis Sanchez had given Arsenal a first-half lead at the Emirates Stadium but Arsene Wenger’s men were reduced to 10 men in the 53rd minute after Olivier Giroud was dismissed for headbutting Nedum Onuoha.

Tomas Rosicky doubled Arsenal’s lead but Charlie Austin scored a penalty with 11 minutes remaining to set up a tense finish, and referee Martin Atkinson waved away QPR protests after Kieran Gibbs’ challenge on Bobby Zamora inside the area.

“Bobby could not believe he didn’t get the decision. It was a penalty for sure,” Redknapp told reporters.

“The referee had already given two penalties and I don’t know why he never gave that one.”

Redknapp was also frustrated by QPR’s failure to fully capitalise on Giroud’s dismissal with over 35 minutes of the match remaining.

“When they [Arsenal] went down to 10 men there was a great opportunity for us,” said the QPR manager. “To go two down was a massive blow.”

QPR are two points above the Premier League’s relegation zone ahead of Sunday’s clash with 18th-placed Crystal Palace at Loftus Road.

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