MARK Warburton described his first pre-season fixture against Austria Vienna as “good work” following Friday night’s 3-1 loss against Austria Vienna.
The hosts took the lead mid-way through the first half at the Generali Arena courtesy of an unfortunate Yoann Barbet own goal. Luke Amos had initially produced an excellent block tackle before the ball ricocheted off the R’s centre back and beyond Joe Lumley.
Warburton’s men were back on level terms just before the break when Josh Scowen – playing in a more advanced role – swept home Darnell Furlong’s low centre.
But two second half goals secured the victory for the Violets, whose competitive campaign gets underway next weekend, while the R’s still have another three weeks of preparation ahead of them.
“I thought there was a lot of good work done by many of the squad,” Warburton told www.qpr.co.uk.
“That’s our first game and there were some tired legs at the end but I thought in the first hour there were a lot of positives.
“Austria Vienna are a very good team and they’re ahead in their pre-season preparations so I was really pleased that we matched them, made the chances and the boys looked really positive.”
Warburton admitted he wasn’t too happy with the display after the break, adding: “It was disappointing in the second half, it was poor to give away two sloppy goals, we’ve got to clear our lines and think about risk reward, when to play it tight when to go long but we’re learning.
“Overall, lots of positives but we have to learn from the mistakes, there’s lots we can do better but that’s the first pre-season game and overall there’s many things to be happy about.”
While naturally disappointed to lose, Warburton was certainly pleased with aspects of the display as he gets his message across to his squad about how he wants the game to be played.
“We never ever want to lose a game of football, that’s the nature of the game we’re involved in,” he said, “but I saw some good ball movement, they switched it effortlessly in the first half, they worked them, they moved the ball along.
“When we take the extra touch we allow the opponent to catch us – when we play really fast and move the ball quickly like we did for long periods we look a good team.
“All credit to the players, they’ve done a lot of work this week, they’ve taken onboard some ideas so hopefully with the next game now on Tuesday against Boreham Wood we can go harder again.”
At the end of the match, the R’s players went over to speak with and thank the fans who had made the trip to support the side, and Warburton explained: “It was vitally important that all the boys went over to thank them, as did the staff, because it’s a great effort for them to be here.
“Hopefully they could see some new ideas and some new faces. It was fantastic support and we’re really grateful for it.”