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Mark Warburton reflects on Forest triumph

MARK Warburton was a satisfied man after seeing his QPR side overcome Nottingham Forest at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Second-half goals from Lyndon Dykes (penalty) and Ilias Chair sealed a 2-0 win for the R’s, and Warburton said: “It was a very tough first game of the season.

“We faced a very talented side, they have lot of riches on the pitch and on the bench as well so we knew we were going to face a team with a lot of quality.

“We had to show a lot of commitment, togetherness and quality, as well as making sure we stuck to the game plan which the players did well.

“We looked good all afternoon so I am really pleased with the performance.”

Warburton was delighted with individual displays across the park, adding: “Rob Dickie at the back with his physicality, range of passing and technical ability was hugely impressive.

“Then Lyndon Dykes, the work rate from him today was outstanding. Again, the physicality, the cleverness in his play was fantastic.

“Tom Carroll today was fantastic, after suffering seven months with an injury. We know he is a Premier League performer and throughout the 70 minutes he was on the pitch he showed his quality.

“All over the park we were great today, I am missing no one out, there were a lot of really talented performances.”

The Rangers boss was also delighted to see his team keep the talented Forest attacking lineup at bay, adding: “The clean sheet is very rewarding, the defenders stood up today.

“If you concede a lot of goals, rightly so the criticism comes your way, but the only way to improve is to work hard on the training pitch and keep those clean sheets.

“So today to make all of those first contacts, pick up second balls and then play, don’t just hike it forward, play, and we did that and we looked dangerous.

“Lyndon gave us a great outlet up front, Bright with his pace also gives us a great outlet so overall, I thought it was a deserved win against a very good team.”


We looked good all afternoon so I am really pleased with the performance.

Mark Warburton
One clean sheet, two goals and three points on opening day