QPR manager Neil Warnock brands defender Armand Traore a ‘disgrace’ for dismissal in draw against Aston Villa

Rangers boss believes the Senegal international's challenge was inexcusable in the circumstances, is frustrated with refereeing decisions but pleased with the spirit of his side
Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock blasted Armand Traore following the defender’s sending off in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa, labeling him a “disgrace”.

Traore received a second booking for an ill-timed lunge on Marc Albrighton late on as his side pressed forward in search of an equaliser after Barry Bannan had put Villa ahead with a dubious penalty.

Warnock was visibly seething as his player walked off the pitch, and after the match he condemned the Senegal international's actions.

“I thought it was a disgrace – not the referee, the player, and I’ll fine him as much as I can,” the QPR boss told reporters.

“I pulled him back in the tunnel to tell him what a disgrace he was. I think he understood what I was saying.

“It’s not clever at all. He’s a young lad, and he’s obviously got a lot to learn, but he’s become a very good player. I think he’ll learn from this experience.”

Warnock was also left frustrated by several key penalty decisions made by referee Mike Oliver during the match.

Bannan put Villa ahead from the spot just shy of the hour mark after awarded after Traore was adjudged to have pulled Gabriel Agbonlahor down in the box, before Rangers had two penalty shouts of their own turned down despite suspicions of handball from Alan Hutton.

“It’s a very soft one,” Warnock said of the penalty. “When not one Aston Villa supporter behind the goal appeals for the penalty, you know there’s something wrong.

“I thought [the referee] was in a good position for the handball. For Derry’s header, the lad [Hutton] actually moved his arm down towards the ball. It’s the most certain penalty you’ll ever see.”

But despite his frustration, Warnock revealed he was delighted with the efforts of his players in salvaging a point.

“It’s difficult to be disappointed when you’re losing 1-0 in the 93rd minute with 10 men, but that’s how I felt,” he continued. “It felt like an injustice. I felt really bad for the lads. I thought their attitude was fantastic.

“To do what we did with ten men, to claw right to the end, was absolutely fabulous. You don’t always get what you deserve, but I thought we more than deserved a point today.”