RYAN Nelsen reckoned the red card shown to Stephane M’Bia cost QPR a deserved point against Arsenal.
The central defender and teammates were almost ready to pat each other on the back when M’Bia’s boot burst that bubble.
Nelsen’s pal in the defensive centre lashed out at Thomas Vermaelen by the corner flag when the QPR man was on the ground – and the lack-lustre Gunners got a second wind to strike a dagger through Rs heart driven home by Mikel Arteta six minutes from the end.
Before that, Armand Traore was forced to go off when he was felled by Olivier Giroud on the touchline, and then it was QPR backs against the wall.
Nelsen (pic) said: “The sending off changed it not so much because we went down to 10 – but because we had to change the back line as well as deal with Armand’s injury.
“It was gutting. Our performances warrant more than they’ve been getting.
“For 75 minutes we were solid, but when you change two people in the defence at The Emirates – it’s difficult.
“I thought we were more likely to win it up till then.
“The crowd was getting antsy. (Their) players were overcommitting themselves – but unfortunately we just didn’t get there.”