Richard Dunne: QPR defender argues with own team's fans

Danny Ings and Richard Dunne
Richard Dunne (right) was at fault for Danny Ings' winner

QPR's Richard Dunne exchanged angry words with a section of his own side's fans after the 2-1 defeat by Burnley.

The incident took place when defender Dunne, 35, and his team-mates went over to applaud the away end at Turf Moor, but boss Harry Redknapp denied any other players were involved.

"I think it was only Dunney," explained Redknapp. "Somebody said something to him.

"He is a great lad but he got the hump. He did not go over to have a row."

Redknapp added that QPR's goalkeeping coach Kevin Hitchcock had led Dunne away from the incident.

Clint Hill, Glenn Hoddle, Joey Barton and Leroy Fer
Redknapp denied reports that several other players joined Dunne in remonstrating with fans

The defeat was QPR's 10th in 10 away games this season, a Premier League record, and also saw them drop into the relegation zone.

Redknapp blamed his side's defending for both Burnley's goals, either side of a Charlie Austin penalty that briefly brought the visitors level.

Dunne was one of three players beaten by Scott Arfield as he scored his solo effort and, along with fellow centre-back Steven Caulker, the former Republic of Ireland international was also at fault for Danny Ings' winner.

"For the first goal we have got three men around their guy," explained Redknapp. "We are not talking about Lionel Messi, are we? He has gone past three of us far too easily.

"The second goal was shocking and it has cost us dearly. The ball has dropped between two of our defenders and we had to clear the ball. You cannot give goals like that away and win football matches."

Halfway to history
QPR have some way to go to match Liverpool's record of 20 successive top-flight away defeats between 7 March 1953 and 16 January 1954.

Redknapp feels his side, who were promoted through the play-offs last season, are short of quality compared to some of their relegation rivals.

"I keep saying that seven or eight of my team were playing last season in the Championship and finished miles behind Burnley and Leicester.

"We are down there and scrapping away with them, but they were miles in front of us last year."

Redknapp recalled Adel Taarabt at Turf Moor after three months out of favour, and has brought in forward Mauro Zarate on loan from West Ham this month.

But he says he is short of options in attack and is finding it "difficult" to add to his squad.

"We need to get Mauro up to speed and get his fitness up, that is the key for him," added Redknapp.

"Adel had trained okay and I have not got a lot of options - I have only got two strikers at the club, Bobby Zamora and Charlie Austin.

"Bobby could not train on Friday because his back was sore so I took a gamble, threw Adel in and I thought he did okay.

"I am looking to strengthen but we are only looking at loans, if we can find one. It is very difficult to get people in on loan at this time of year."

You can listen here to an In Short clip of Steve Claridge and Robbie Savage saying on BBC Radio 5 live that footballers cannot bite back to fan abuse.

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