The 22-year-old believes his side would not be in a relegation battle had there been more discipline among their ranks, but is hopeful of beating Arsenal on home turf this weekend
QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt has blamed the number of red cards received by his team-mates in recent weeks for their poor run of results which has led them into a fight for Premier League survival this season.
The Hoops have fallen to defeat against Norwich, Sunderland and Fulham when reduced to 10 men, while dismissals have also cost Mark Hughes’ side against fellow relegation candidates Wolves and Bolton, with the Rs having received 43 yellow cards and 6 reds so far this campaign.
Djibril Cisse was sent off for the second time since his arrival at Loftus Road in January on Saturday against Sunderland, and Taarabt is confident his side would have secured more points had they been able to keep 11 men on the field.
"I think we have performed at home but we've lost so many points because of red cards," he said. "We've lost so many games, like Norwich and Wolves. We should have won these games, but with 10 men it is difficult."
The west London outfit take on Arsenal this weekend, and the 22-year-old is hopeful the home crowd can steer them to a shock three points over Arsene Wenger’s side, having sealed a 3-2 comeback victory against Liverpool in their last home game.
"It's going to be difficult but we have to give the fans another big performance," the Moroccan added. "I feel better when we play at Loftus Road than I do when we play away. I feel the fans are really behind me. When we played against Liverpool they were fantastic – with me and the team as well.
"We need them, that's for sure, and I hope we can stay in this league. It's a difficult run-in, but every time we play a big club we perform. Hopefully we can do the same again [in the run-in]. It is very important for us that we take three points on Saturday."