Kenny out as Warnock blasts PL

The Rs boss hit out at the league after he was forced to play

third-choice keeper Radek Cerny in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Norwich

at Carrow Road. With back-up stopper Brian Murphy already ruled out

with a calf injury, the west Londoners suffered a fresh blow this

week when first-team regular Paddy Kenny was ruled out for up to

two months with strained muscle on his side. Warnock revealed he

approached the Premier League for permission to sign an emergency

goalkeeper as a result but had his appeal rejected, forcing the

Hoops to recall 20-year-old Elvijs Putnins from a loan spell with

non-league Boreham Wood. “Paddy has a bit of a strained muscle on

his side,” Warnock said. “We don’t actually know [how serious it

is]. “It could be four weeks, it could be six weeks or two months.

The other lad [Murphy], four to six weeks. Paddy got injured last

week and we asked the Premier League if we could sign an emergency

keeper. “They talked about it for two days and then told us that we

had to bring back a lad from Boreham Wood who has never played in

the reserves, who we gave a free transfer to [but retained on a

non-contract basis]. “If not, then we had to play a 17-year-old

that has not played a reserve game yet, which I think is absolutely

scandalous not to get any help. “I think common sense [should have

prevailed]. If you look at what happened last year with Man City

and Arsenal [when they wanted emergency loans], this is not in the

same league. “We genuinely lost two keepers and have Radek, who has

had a permanent problem all season and only played two reserve

games, yet the Premier League cannot [help us]. “That is their

final decision. It is in stone with the Premier League.” As well as

his frustrations with the Premier League, Warnock was irked by his

side’s failure to come away with Norfolk with at least a point. The

Canaries dominated the opening exchanges and broke the deadlock

after 15 minutes when skipper Russell Martin reacted quickest

during a melee in the six-yard box. QPR responded well and got a

deserved equaliser through Luke Young, but the west Londoners were

denied a share of the spoils as substitute Grant Holt bundled home

the winner. “It is strange with both managers thinking they should

have won the game,” Warnock said. “I am disappointed really. “At

half-time I said to the lads I would be disappointed to get away

with a point despite us being behind. I wanted to win the game.

There was nothing I saw in the second half that changed my mind. “I

feel like I have been robbed but if you don’t defend better than we

did with the two goals then you don’t deserve to win. I can’t

really repeat what I said to the players after the game.”

Counterpart Paul Lambert, by comparison, was delighted with the

attitude his side showed this afternoon. However, the Norwich boss

was quick to downplay his role in the match after substitutes Holt

and Wes Hoolahan linked up for the winner. “It’s the players that

go and do it,” Lambert said. “They are the most important people at

the club along with the people that come and watch it. “I have

trust when we go on the field of play that they are going to

perform and I’ve done that for the past two years. I have trusted

them and they have just been a brilliant, brilliant group to work

with. “For 10 to 15 minutes QPR put us on the back foot, but they

are a really good side. “You can see why with the players that they

have got and they were really, really good. But, after that, I

thought we regrouped and deserved to win the game.”