Warnock fails to rule out QPR move

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Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock refused to quash speculation he is about to join Queens Park Rangers as the Eagles slid into the Coca-Cola Championship drop zone.

A late winner from Coventry City substitute David Bell plus Ipswich's win at fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday meant the Eagles, who were recently docked 10 points for going into administration, are now third from bottom. Warnock is expected to move to Rangers after Palace's FA Cup replay at Aston Villa on Wednesday night but he refused to confirm this would happen.

He said: "I don't even want to mention it, I'm sorry. No comment - so you can make a story out of that. I won't be talking about that. I'm talking about my players. I've done nothing but talk about that.''

Asked if he would still be in charge for the Villa game he declared: "I'm bloody looking forward to it!''

Much like after Sunday's first meeting with Villa, Warnock railed at the match officials, claiming referee Darren Deadman had missed a blatant penalty in the second half.

He said: "The referee said he was in a bad position so he couldn't see it. Ironic isn't it? The one decision at 0-0 when we needed a little bit of luck.

"I'm obviously disappointed. The lads couldn't give me any more than that. They were fantastic. How we didn't score a goal I'll never know. They are shattered and demoralised but they will have to pick themselves up.''

Goalkeeper Julian Speroni had been at fault for the goal by coming off his line and allowing himself to be chipped by Bell, but Warnock put the error in perspective.

He said: "The keeper made a mistake but crikey, he doesn't make many.''

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