Curb your enthusiasm! Hughes seeing red over Rangers' indiscipline
21:38 GMT, 30 March 2012
Use your brain: Hughes seeing red
Mark Hughes has urged his players to curb their indiscipline on the pitch if they want to avoid relegation.
QPR have had players sent off in six games this season – more than any other side in the Premier League.
Two of them were in the 90th minute and had little impact on the final scores.
But twice they were 1-0 down –
against Sunderland last weekend and against Fulham in February – when
red cards made the task of turning the game around unnecessarily
And twice they have been 1-0 ahead, had players sent off and then lost 2-1.
Last month relegation rivals Wolves
came back from a goal behind after Djibril Cisse received a red card in
the 34th minute against them while Norwich overturned a goal deficit
after Joey Barton saw red against them in the 36th minute back in
Both winnable games.
Get a grip: Djibril Cisse received a red card for grabbing Wolves' Roger Johnson
Hughes said: 'We haven't helped ourselves on a number of occasions certainly in games when we've got people sent off.
'They haven't helped. In two of the games it was directly responsible.
'In a couple of games we've been involved in where we've had players sent off I felt it's had a direct impact on the result because we were in the ascendency.
Dismissed: Joey Barton (right) is sent off after a confrontation with Norwich's Bradley Johnson
'Those sendings off have hurt us and the ones prior to me coming to the club as well. They certainly have.
'We need to make sure we can try and get something out of the games we have left because it's going to go to the wire, everybody anticipates that.'
They certainly face a tough challenge to get something out of their game against Arsenal on Saturday. The Gunners have won seven league games in a row.
And Rangers will have to be on their best behaviour. Arsenal have had five opposition players red-carded – more than any club this season.