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Neil Warnock: 'I've never known refereeing standards so poor'

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock was left fuming after his side suffered a fourth consecutive defeat, going down 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock gestures on the touchline during the 2-1 defeat to QPR. Credit: PA

The Bluebirds saw a goal disallowed and the chance of a second penalty ignored as they remain third in the Championship.

Joe Ralls put Cardiff ahead with a penalty nine minutes into the second half after Jake Bidwell was adjudged to have pushed Callum Patterson.

But Matt Smith equalised on 62 minutes when he rose to head in Jack Robinson's long throw-in and Northern Ireland U21 international Smyth struck with 18 minutes remaining.

Former QPR man Junior Hoilett found the net after exchanging passes with Kenneth Zohore, but it was ruled offside.

Cardiff protested, seemingly arguing that a Rangers player had touched the ball before it ran to Hoilett, but referee Tim Robinson stood by the decision following a lengthy consultation with his assistant.

We're bound to be deflated.

Clearly it's Scowen who played the ball, so it can't be offside.

The linesman asked him who played the ball and I don't think he really knew.

It's hard enough to score goals without officials chalking them off.

That's three or four games where we've had crucial decisions go against us.

Those are the decisions you want the officials to get right and at the moment they're getting most of them wrong.

It's scandalous at the moment.

I've never known it as poor, the officials.

– Neil Warnock, Cardiff City Manager
Cardiff City's Joe Ralls scores his side's first goal of the game from the penalty spot. Credit: PA

Warnock is keen to add new players to his squad during the transfer window.

We've got a good group of lads - a little bit limited, hopefully we can bring one or two in.

We are trying to work on one or two deals.

We're miles from being out of it.

If we can get a couple in now we're looking positive. It's hard to take at the minute, but we've got to dust ourselves down and not feel sorry for ourselves.

– Neil Warnock, Cardiff City Manager