QPR 0 Hull City 1: Bruce fears for Snodgrass after knee injury

Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin (second left) watches as Hull City's goalkeeper Allan McGregor saves his penalty.
Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin (second left) watches as Hull City's goalkeeper Allan McGregor saves his penalty.
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Steve Bruce saw Hull City open their Premier League account with victory at newly-promoted QPR.

But the three points came at a cost with summer signing Robert Snodgrass picking up a knee injury, which the Hull boss fears is ligament damage.

Snodgrass, who joined Hull from Norwich earlier this summer, endured a disappointing debut as he was replaced before half-time with a knee injury.

“Snodgrass is a concern,” Bruce said.

“He’s twisted his knee. He’s in a brace and crutches at the moment - touch wood he’s not too bad.

“We fear ligament damage and if it is, it’ll obviously be a long time but hopefully it’s not.”

QPR’s return to the Premier League began in defeat as James Chester’s second-half header gave Hull a 1-0 victory on the opening day of the new season.

Rangers were handed a golden opportunity to salvage a draw in the 84th minute when referee Craig Pawson awarded the hosts a penalty but Charlie Austin’s effort was saved by Allan McGregor.

Hull boss Bruce was disappointed with Pawson’s decision to award QPR a penalty late on and believes the rule regarding handball needs to be clarified.

“The referees have got to get together and realise they’re making a mockery of it - it’s supposed to be deliberate,” Bruce said.

“Chester has got his hand by his side, the ball is a yard away and probably travelling at 50 miles per hour - what’s he supposed to do?

“We need to stop all this nonsense and have a bit of common sense.”