Cisse slams Foy over West Brom winner

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Cisse believes West Brom's second goal involved a 'clear foul' on Robert Green. Photo: PA

Djibril Cisse thinks poor refereeing from Chris Foy denied QPR vital points yesterday, but still believes the Londoners are good enough to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

The 2-1 defeat to West Brom at Loftus Road left Harry Redknapp's team bottom of the table.

Robert Green failed to stop a 30-yard drive from Chris Brunt in the first half and the goalkeeper's afternoon then took another turn for the worse when he dropped the ball into his own net to make it 2-0 to Albion.

Replays showed that West Brom forward Marc-Antoine Fortune clearly backed into Green, stopping the England goalkeeper from collecting the ball that had looped up in the air off Armand Traore, but Foy allowed the goal to stand.

Redknapp was furious at Foy's performance afterwards and Cisse, who scored the hosts' only goal, also hit out at the official's decision to allow Albion's second goal to stand.

"I've seen the video again and again and it was clearly a foul for their second goal," Cisse told QPR's website.

"He didn't attempt to play the ball. Rob couldn't do anything. It was a clear foul and it cost us dearly.

"We all feel sympathy for Rob. It wasn't his fault. There was nothing he could do. He was clearly fouled.

"Everyone in the stadium was waiting for the referee to award a foul. He didn't, and it's cost us points."

After going four games unbeaten under Redknapp, QPR now host Liverpool on Sunday having lost two matches in a row.

The Londoners are now six points adrift of 17th-placed Southampton, who have a match in hand, but Cisse is convinced Rangers can go on another similar run to the one that allowed them to escape the drop by the skin of their teeth last season.

The striker said: "We did it last year. So why not this year again? We have to keep fighting. That is all we can do."