Monday 29 December 2014

Austin miss sees QPR's Premiership return begin in defeat

QPR 0 Hull City 1

Published 17/08/2014 | 02:30

Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin (second left) watches as Hull City's goalkeeper Allan McGregor saves his penalty. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire.
Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin (second left) watches as Hull City's goalkeeper Allan McGregor saves his penalty. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire.
Queens Park Rangers' Joey Barton (left) and Hull City's Thomas Ince battle for possession. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire.
Queens Park Rangers' Armand Traore (right) battles for possession of the ball with Hull City's Ahmed Elmohamady. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire.
Queens Park Rangers' Loic Remy (right) is tackled by Hull City's Curtis Davies. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire.
Hull City's James Chester celebrates scoring the opening goal at Loftus Road. Photo credit: John Walton/PA Wire.

QPR's return to the Premier League began in defeat as James Chester's second-half header gave Hull victory.

Rangers were handed a golden opportunity to salvage a draw in the 84th minute when referee Craig Pawson awarded the hosts a penalty but Charlie Austin's effort was saved by Allan McGregor.

Steve Bruce was disappointed with Craig Pawson's decision to award the penalty and believes the rule regarding handball needs to be clarified.

"The referees have got to get together and realise they're making a mockery of it - it's supposed to be deliberate," Bruce said. "Chester has got his hand by his side, the ball is a yard away and probably travelling at 50 miles per hour - what's he supposed to do? "We need to have a bit of common sense."

Robert Snodgrass, who joined Hull from Norwich, had a disappointing debut and was replaced before half-time.

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