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'Two points dropped' says Warburton

MARK Warburton saw QPR’s 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield Town as ‘two points dropped’ despite his side battling back from a goal down to claim a share of the spoils.

On the official launch of Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, the sides were all-square at the break following an evenly-contested first half.

The visitors took the lead on 49 minutes with a Karlan Grant spot-kick but Warburton’s men reacted well to the setback and went on to dominate much of the second period.

Grant Hall netted the equaliser with seven minutes remaining with a lofted header and Warburton told www.qpr.co.uk afterwards: “We feel we have dropped two points today and I say that with full respect to Huddersfield. Penalty aside, Joe (Lumley) hasn’t had a save to make.

“To go 1-0 down early in the second half, we had to change things and I was pleased with the reaction of the squad because it shows character.”

In the final stages of the match Bright Osayi-Samuel chased down Florent Hadergjonaj and put in a strong challenge on the touchline in front of the dugouts to thwart a Terriers attack, and Warburton added: “I thought Bright’s tackle right at the end was an example of that character.

“It’s all well and good doing the right things going forward but you have to do the messy stuff as well and he showed his character, as did the team.”

“In the second half I felt we were very, very good and looked dominant for long, long periods but we just didn’t get our final rewards.

“There will be games where we play badly and nick a point, and I will stand here afterwards and tell you ‘we were lucky today,’ because you have to be honest.

“But today I felt we were the dominant team – but we should be at home. We should pose people real problems at home, we should excite the crowd, get the fans behind us and play the game how we want it to be played.”

Despite that disappointment, Waburton was able to reflect positively on the start his QPR side have made to the season, adding: “We felt we dropped two points but if you asked us at the start of the season if we would be happy with four points from Stoke away and Huddersfield at home, I think 99% would take it.”

The R’s boss also reserved a special mention for Mark Prince and his family on a special day in W12, adding: “It was a very emotional day.

“We had Mark talk to the squad at the training ground this week and the way in which he has turned such a devastating loss into something positive in terms of his reaction and the Foundation is an inspiration to us all.

“As tough as today must have been, I hope Mark and his family were able to enjoy it.”

We just didn’t get our final rewards.

Mark Warburton
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