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A massive hammer blow

MARK Warburton described QPR’s last-gasp defeat to Hull City as a “massive hammer bow”.

Rangers took the lead against the Tigers at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium through Ilias Chair and looked in control of the match until the visitors struck with their first effort on goal in the 32nd minute, George Honeyman converting from close range.

The R’s went in search of a winner throughout the second half but couldn’t make their dominance pay, and were hit with a sucker punch when Jackson Irvine netted in the 89th minute.

“Today’s result is a massive hammer blow, I can’t deny it,” Warburton told www.qpr.co.uk.

“We have dominated a game of football from start to finish, we have had chance after chance but then give away two very soft and needless goals.

“We need to be better, we are better than that but it’s about results and putting the ball in the back of the net and defending your own goal. Today we didn’t do that well enough.”

Warburton was clearly frustrated at the end but felt there were certainly positive aspects in his side’s final performance of 2019.

“I was pleased with the football we played at times,” he said, “the intensity and the way we controlled the ball.

“I thought we moved it in a really positive way but just couldn’t get the goal we needed.

“At 1-0 we should’ve quickly made it two, but after going ahead we give away a needless goal and obviously that takes a bit out of the players but we reacted well in the second half.

“We controlled the play, we had corner after corner but we just couldn’t get that final touch and goals win games, and we haven’t got what we deserved.

“If you play poorly and lose a game of football you put your hands up, however today we have lost a game and I am mystified by it.”

Today we have lost a game and I am mystified by it.

Mark Warburton
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