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The squad is in a decent place

MARK Warburton was a happy man after seeing his QPR side beat Bristol City 5-4 on penalties after their Carabao Cup first round tie finished 3-3 after 90 minutes.

In a topsy-turvy clash, Rangers came back from a goal down to go 2-1 up before the visitors responded and took the lead at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Ryan Manning netted a late spot-kick to level the tie before the penalty shootout fell in favour of the R’s.

Following a thoroughly-entertaining game of football, Warburton told www.qpr.co.uk: “I thought we were very good for long periods.

“We were a little loose in dangerous areas and if we didn’t push on and apply pressure, like for their second goal, we looked vulnerable but I thought some of our goals and the crosses we were putting in were very pleasing.

“We moved the ball well and looked a dangerous team and in the second half again I thought for long periods we looked very comfortable.

“When we take our foot off the gas we look an average team but when we press hard and high, and move the ball quickly, we look a good team.

“I’m sure many teams would say the same thing, but I thought for long periods tonight there was some good football being played.

“There were two good teams out there who gave it a real go. Thankfully it went our way.”

Warburton made eight changes to the team that started against Huddersfield at the weekend, and the R’s gaffer added: “Talk is cheap but I honestly said to the players before the game that if this was my team for Saturday I would have no qualms.

“We have to have competition all over the park, you have to trust your players and they showed tonight their quality.

“The squad is in a decent place. We have loads of work to do still but I hope you saw tonight that the squad is ready.”

QPR have drawn Portsmouth at home in the second round, and Warburton said: “They will be well organised, have talented players and will bring a big support as they always do.

“But, without being rude, I will think about that when the time comes. The only focus now has to be on Bristol City on Saturday. Everything has to be geared towards that.”


We moved the ball well and looked a dangerous team.

Mark Warburton
The R's mob goalkeeper Kelly after his tie-winning save