QPR boss Neil Warnock hails Chelsea victory as the ‘greatest day of my career’

After their 6-0 drubbing by Fulham, Rangers gave their fans some cause for derby celebrations, while their manager defends referee Chris Foy after Blues finish with nine men
By Wayne Veysey at Stamford Bridge

Neil Warnock hailed QPR’s controversial win over Chelsea as the greatest of his career and claimed Rangers fans will be talking about it in “30 or 40 years”.

The 62-year-old, whose managerial career stretches back to 1980, said in his post-match conference: “This is the greatest day of my career because of the importance of it to the fans. This place was absolutely rocking. It was incredible. They will talk about this in 30 or 40 years and why not?

“I said to [director] Amit [Bhatia] when he brought me here, ‘Wouldn’t it be great just to beat Chelsea?’ To come that far so quickly is just an amazing feat.”

Warnock gave short shrift to Andre Villas-Boas’ contention that referee Chris Foy was to blame for the result.

He said: “I am so pleased we had the ref because a lot of refs would have been conned. It’s easy when you lose to blame the ref. I’ve done that myself. Villas-Boas is young and needs to look at that. Foy made far fewer mistakes than what Chelsea and QPR have made today.

“I can’t fault us today. They’re a great side even with nine men. We had some great opportunities to finish the game off but didn’t have the quality or decision making to do that. Apart from Anelka’s [second-half] header we were all over them. I thought we played well with 11 against 11.”

Warnock was particularly scathing about Didier Drogba’s two-footed lunge on Adel Taarabt, which resulted in a red card that the Rangers boss claimed was deserved for a “tackle that was horrendous” and “ten times worse than Torres’” against Swansea last month.

The QPR boss was typically plain-spoken about Adel Taarabt, who had an angry flare-up with team-mate Heider Helguson over who should take Rangers’ first-half penalty, which the Icelandic striker converted.

“It’s not about Adel. It’s about the whole team. I said to him afterwards that he has to understand it’s a team game.

“He’s a little kid and takes his toys home. But he did okay. I could easily have played Jamie Mackie and strengthened the midfield.”