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One wonders how many red cards Mark Hughes and Mick McCarthy, the two managers here, would have received if they were playing today, after Djibril Cissé was sent off on his home debut for Queens Park Rangers.

When Cissé was dismissed in the 34th minute of this relegation battle, his side were leading 1-0 through a goal from Bobby Zamora on his debut for QPR.

But as Rangers were reduced to 10 men for the best part of an hour again, they eventually succumbed to a Wolverhampton Wanderers side whose first victory in 10 league games lifted them out of the bottom three.

Cissé’s offence was to react angrily to a sliding tackle from Roger Johnson, grabbing the Wolves captain first by the shoulders and then by the throat.

Referee Mark Clattenburg showed the Frenchman a red card, while booking Johnson, and though there was sympathy for Cissé, who has suffered a broken leg twice in his career, both managers — no shrinking violets in their playing days — agreed his dismissal was inevitable.

“Djibril was disappointed with the initial challenge and reacted to it, but he put his hands in the boy’s [Johnson’s] neck area and you can’t do that. Unfortunately the referee had to send him off,” said Hughes.

McCarthy agreed: “That would not have been a sending off when I played, and Roger’s tackle would not have been a booking. But you can’t grab anybody by the face — it is not allowed any more. He [Cissé] was playing well but made a mistake and cost his team.”

Again Hughes was in agreement: “If it had stayed at 11 versus 11 we would have won. There were plenty of positives, but we learned a hard lesson today.”

Indeed QPR looked the better side from the start, with Zamora and Cissé among four players making their home debuts after a busy couple of weeks for Hughes since his arrival in place of Neil Warnock.

Cissé assisted Zamora in putting Rangers ahead, moving on a clever pass from Adel Taarabt in the 16th minute. Although Shaun Wright-Phillips failed to control Cissé’s pass, the ball fell perfectly for Zamora to shoot low past Wayne Hennessey, who got a hand to the ball but could not stop it.

QPR looked well set up to win comfortably, dominating possession and creating chances while Steven Fletcher struggled to make headway as a lone striker for Wolves. But Cissé’s dismissal, and the introduction of Kevin Doyle at half-time, transformed the visitors.

Within a minute of the restart, Doyle’s long ball from the right found Matt Jarvis on the left, and the winger cut inside Luke Young to curl a well-placed shot past Paddy Kenny and into the net.

Wolves then went close to taking the lead when Fletcher headed against the bar and had a shot cleared off the line by Anton Ferdinand.

They eventually got the decisive goal with a clever strike from Doyle. The Irishman timed his run to perfection, so that when Jamie O’Hara’s pass was flicked on, Doyle was able to control the ball, turn and shoot through the legs of Nedum Onuoha and into the net.

Rangers went surging forward in search of an equaliser. Armand Traoré had a piledriver saved by Hennessey, who then spilt one Taarabt shot but made up for it with a world-class save to tip away a thundering drive by the Moroccan.

But McCarthy’s men held on for their first victory in two months, and one that takes them level on points with QPR in 16th place.

“That is another game ticked off, and another three points,” added McCarthy.

“Doyle caused them problems and it was lovely to see him play well.”

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