QPR boss Warnock vents fury towards Norwich City captain Holt

AUDIO: Neil Warnock became the second manager in the space of a week to point an accusing finger at Canaries striker Grant Holt.

Just days after John Carver accused Holt of 'great sportsmanship' in earning a penalty, QPR boss Warnock was expressing similar sentiments – although referee Jon Moss was also on the receiving end.

Warnock claimed Holt had deliberately handled the ball just before his heels were clipped by Matt Connolly, which earned the defender a straight red card just six minutes into the second half.

'I think officials should get the big decisions right and I think the officials should be able to spot the deliberate handball by Holt for the sending off,' said Warnock. 'I would expect at this level such a big decision is the one I think he should have got right. When you look at the DVD you look at his hand bringing it round.

'Listen, he's clever, he has done well. I saw the penalty he got against Sheffield United last week – it's a con isn't it?


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'And today he has got one of my lads sent off, which probably ended up winning them the game, so you have got to say well done to him, if that's what you expect.

'But I think referees should be looking at people like Grant Holt a little bit more than (Adel) Taarabt. Taarabt does something so obvious – but it is the little easy ones I think that referees should be educated in.

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'It's not the laws of the game, it is watching a little tug here or a little pull there or going down when you're blown on. It's little things like that – from English players as well as the Continentals. They are probably quite pleased with it in their dressing room.'

Warnock's criticism was of the missed handball – not Connolly's foul.

'After that (the handball) I have no complaints with it,' he said. 'He should be pulled up as soon as he handballed it – he has taken the kitchen sink with it. He has actually got it with his right hand and deliberately done it and I just expect a little bit more if I am honest.'

Warnock has often admitted a soft spot for Norwich and clearly enjoys his trips to Carrow Road.

'There wasn't a lot to referee to be honest, it was end-to-end stuff,' he said. 'A hostile crowd – it's a great atmosphere here, I think it's great really, a good club. You want hostility and the fans to try and influence things going your way. Carrow Road has always been like that – I love it, coming here.'

Rangers were playing catch-up after Russell Martin's ninth-minute goal, although Warnock wasn't dissatisfied with his team's performance.

'I thought we were on the ascendancy in the second half,' he said. 'You could tell that with 82 or 83 minutes gone where they are keeping it in the corner. I think with 11 men we might have had a few more chances.'

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