Why QPR’s last-minute penalty vs Birmingham should’ve been retaken

Steve McClaren

Footage of QPR’s missed injury-time penalty during the thrilling clash between the capital outfit and Birmingham City has been garnering plenty of attention online.

QPR vs Birmingham

Steve McClaren’s men welcomed the Blues to Loftus Road yesterday afternoon, for a Championship clash.

Though the hosts headed into proceedings buoyed by their advancement to the 5th-round of the FA Cup courtesy of a 2-0 win over Portsmouth during the week, QPR were winless across their last 5 league outings before yesterday.

Birmingham also ventured into the clash on a less-than-impressive recent run of form, though the Blues’ last outing did see them put Nottingham Forest to the sword by 2 goals to nil.

Birmingham escape

And when all was said and done at Loftus Road yesterday, Birmingham made it 2 wins from their last 2, emerging victorious from one of the games of the season.

Incredibly, the visitors took a 4-0 lead before half-time, courtesy of Che Adams’ hat-trick and a solitary strike from Harlee Dean.

A shell-shocked QPR did manage to pull one back on the stroke of the interval, though, before Matt Smith added his second just 3 minutes into the second-half.

Jordan Cousins then set up a frantic closing ten minutes with the home side’s 3rd in the 80th-minute, before QPR were handed the chance to secure a share of the spoils with a penalty in the 93rd-minute.

Heartbreakingly, however, Nahki Wells’ subsequent spot-kick was saved by Lee Camp.

The full-time whistle blew a short time later, with Birmingham having taken all 3 points back to the West Midlands.

QPR aggrieved

The aftermath of the Blues’ victory, though, has since seen the officiating team at Loftus Road heavily criticized.

This comes after a number of Birmingham’s stars blatantly encroached on Nahki Wells as he stepped up to take his side’s injury-time penalty, with one player in particular having nearly been in line with the Bermudian by the time he actually struck the ball:

As such, by the rules of the game, the spot-kick should have been retaken, with QPR handed a second chance to secure a point.

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