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Saturday 16 December 2017

QPR rue red as Wolves hit back to win

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RED cards proved to be turning points in defeat for both Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City.

QPR were 1-0 up at home to Wolves thanks to a debut goal from Bobby Zamora when fellow new striker Djibril Cisse was sent off 34 minutes in for retaliation.

Wolves turned it around with goals from Matt Jarvis and Kevin Doyle, to the frustration of QPR boss Mark Hughes.

"I was really pleased with what we were producing," said Hughes. "If we had 11 v 11, I feel confident in saying we would have won the game comfortably."

While Hughes made no apology for Cisse, Tony Pulis was left fuming by the decision to send off Robert Huth in Stoke's 1-0 home defeat to Sunderland, settled by a James McClean strike.

Huth was shown a straight red card in the 45th minute despite clearly pulling out of a challenge on David Meyler.

Pulis said: "Robert has committed himself and then pulled out of the challenge, and he hasn't touched the kid at all."

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers hailed loan signing Gylfi Sigurdsson after the midfielder cancelled out a Marc-Antoine Fortune's opener and then teed up Danny Graham for the winner in the Swans' 2-1 win at West Brom.

"I just felt this would be a terrific club and he has fitted in perfectly," Rodgers said of his former Reading charge.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez accepted his luck in a 1-1 draw with Everton as a Tim Howard howler put the Latics ahead before Victor Anichebe's equaliser for the Toffees.

"It was a welcome surprise," Martinez said of the goal. "In the second half, we had that little bit of luck. We haven't had much luck this season."

Norwich sealed a 2-0 win over Bolton with goals from Andrew Surman and Anthony Pilkington to leave Paul Lambert purring.

"That's as good as it's been (in my time here) because of the circumstances and the desire they showed," said the Norwich boss.

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