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Gaffer reflects on Brentford

HOOPS boss Mark Warburton rued his side's first-half showing following QPR's 3-1 west London derby defeat at Brentford.

In the last-ever derby at the Bees' current Griffin Park home - prior to their move to a new stadium next season - Rangers couldn't recover from first-half goals by attacking trio Said Benrahma (19 minutes), Bryan Mbeumo (23) and Ollie Watkins (33).

There was improvement from the visitors after half-time, with Nahki Wells on target in the 62nd minute.

The R's couldn't kick on from there, though - ultimately made to pay for that disappointing display before the interval, which was much to the annoyance of Warburton.

He told us: "We didn't show enough character, we didn't do our jobs at set-pieces and we didn't win our duels.

"I know the wind was exceptionally strong in the first half, but we've got to be better - it's as simple as that. 

"We had some words at half-time and saw a much-better second-half performance. We got the goal and missed a couple of big chances after that.

"But we gave ourselves a mountain to climb and that can't happen - not through two set-pieces, which we worked on. Brentford are a good team who also work hard on set-plays."

Warburton added: "In the second half, we knew we had to get hold of the football. 

"We made changes and were much better - as I said, we got the goal and missed some big chances, which we've got to take.

"We do things together - we defend our goal together and we attack together.

"As a team, we have to stop giving away soft goals."

"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb and that can't happen."

Mark Warburton