Rangers' boss defends his skipper

QPR boss Paulo Sousa insisted his team “win together and lose together” after his skipper Gavin Mahon was booed by their own fans.

Derek Davis

QPR boss Paulo Sousa insisted his team “win together and lose together” after his skipper Gavin Mahon was booed by their own fans.

Mahon did not enjoy the best of days operating in front of the back four and the crowd were not happy when he was not substituted.

Sousa explained he wanted to keep his physical presence in midfield even when they switched to a straight 4-4-2 and insisted Mahon should not be made a scapegoat.


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Sousa said: “I have always said that we win together as manager, players and fans.

“Each and every player takes responsibility when we win and when we lose. It is no different after this game.

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Sousa said: “The fans want us to win every match and their frustration is our frustration.

“I understand the fans' frustrations, but as manager when you lose, you all lose. Some players didn't play to their best ability, but the way to help is support.”

Rangers took a third-minute lead through Sam Di Carmine, but could not cope with the Town fightback and lost after goals from Jon Stead, Pablo Counago and Jon Walters.

Sousa said: “We created the first goal, but then allowed Ipswich opportunities to score and we conceded a lot of possession.

“We made a lot of mistakes in the first and second moments and they took advantage.

“We started well, but came under a lot of pressure and began to make mistakes and conceded through their counter-attacks.

“In the second half we came back into it. We created chances, far more than Ipswich, but the goals didn't come for us.”

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