Hill laments 'ghost goal'

QPR defender admits there is a big battle to stay in the Premier League

Clint Hill: QPR defender bemoans the goal that never was against Bolton

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Clint Hill admits he was 'gutted' to have been denied a first Premier League goal during Queens Park Rangers' controversial 2-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers.

The experienced defender thought he had given QPR the lead at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday when he met Joey Barton's corner, only for the officials to fail to spot his header had crossed the line.

The incident reignited the debate for the use of goal-line technology as the defeat saw QPR drop into the Premier League's relegation zone.

"It would have been my first Premier League goal," said Hill. "You try all your career to get into this league and I thought I had opened my account - but unfortunately they didn't see it.

"I knew straight away it was a goal. You could even see by the reaction of their team that it was a goal. I'm gutted by that decision."

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"I knew straight away it was a goal. You could even see by the reaction of their team that it was a goal. I'm gutted by that decision."

Darren Pratley then put Bolton ahead eight minutes before the break before Djibril Cisse equalised for Mark Hughes' side after half-time.

Ivan Klasnic scored a late winner for Bolton to leave QPR a point from safety, but Hill says his team cannot play the blame game and need to take full responsibility for their situation.

Come out fighting

He added: "You do look at everything - every decision, every mistake, missed tackle or opportunity and think 'if only that had gone our way'.

"But we're in this position because of the games we've played. The league table doesn't lie and we haven't been good enough."

Hill, who has previously battled to avoid relegation with Crystal Palace, insists QPR must keep believing.

"It'll be a massive achievement if we stay up now because of the games we've got to play," he continued.

"I know this situation better than most people. You've got to embrace it, raise your game and come out fighting."