MARK Warburton praised his QPR players following their 1-0 win over Leeds United in west London this afternoon.
Nahki Wells’ first-half strike proved to be the difference between the two sides while the R’s were grateful to goalkeeper Liam Kelly for a penalty save after the break to deny Patrick Bamford.
“Leeds are a very good team,” Warburton said.
“We probably gave away too many cheap set pieces in terms of corners and free-kicks but to a man we defended them really well, got first contact and looked dangerous on the break.
“Leeds are a team that you have to transition on and play forward, and we did that many times.
“We were very good for long periods so all credit to the players today.”
Wells’ goal carried a suspicion of handball and the R’s chief said: “I haven’t seen a replay of the goal, I heard a (handball) shout but I haven’t really seen it so we go from there.
“It is what it is but over the course of the season these sorts of things seem to even themselves out.”
The R’s boss also spoke about the penalty which was awarded when Bamford went to ground in the box as Kelly came out to close him down.
“Again I haven’t seen the replays of the penalty, but I think Kelly held back, he went to go down but pulled out and made a very deliberate action to avoid contact,” Warburton said.
“Patrick goes down and it was given, but Kelly responded really well.
“It was a great save and a great reaction after that in the second phase to collect the crossed delivery.
“It was a very difficult match to referee with a lot going on and a lot of decisions to look over, but we have emerged with three points and we go home happy.”
Conor Masterson made his full league debut for the R’s and looked assured at the heart of the defence, producing a performance which impressed his gaffer.
“Masterson stood up, and there were some very big performances all over the pitch,” Warburton added.
“Today was all about first contact, with crosses delivered at pace and we got there.
“I was really pleased with our performance to get over the line.”