MARK Warburton hailed his side’s “tremendous performance” following our 1-0 win over Swansea City.
Lyndon Dykes scored a 90th minute winner for QPR against a Swans outfit who were chasing the second automatic promotion spot, and Warburton said: “It was a tremendous performance by the players.
“I thought we started the game a bit slow and tentative, we didn’t really get on the front foot – but then we did, and we started creating chances.
“In the second half we knew they would take risks, so we had to come out and get hold of that football – and I thought we did that for the whole of the second half.
“We were very, very good on the ball, we posed a real threat and the players deserve enormous credit.”
After an open first half which saw both sides play good football and create chances, QPR moved up a gear following the break and dominated for large periods, particularly in the closing 20 minutes.
Dykes smashed home his sixth goal in seven games to secure the win, and Warburton felt it was no less than his side deserved.
“We looked a good team tonight and got a well-deserved three points.
“I have spoken before about playing well and not getting your rewards, but we didn’t let that happen tonight.”
It was Rangers 13th clean sheet of the campaign, and the R’s boss praised goalkeeper Joe Lumley and Dom Ball, who came in at the heart of the defence in the absence of Jordy De Wijs and Geoff Cameron.
“I am delighted for Joe,” said Warburton.
“What you saw tonight was a keeper who was confident, dominant, he communicated for 90 minutes and gave real assurance to the backline.
“We are blessed to have so many talented keepers at the club, and tonight Joe was outstanding.”
On Ball, the manager said: “Dom did really well.
“He is asked to adapt to different roles and he just does it effortlessly. He is a player who deserves enormous praise.”
Since the turn of the year, Rangers have picked up 41 points from 21 fixtures, but Warburton does not wonder ‘what if?’ when he thinks about the first half of the campaign.
“The first half of the season is part of our learning,” he explained.
“We have to recognise that we were good for many of those games but we didn’t get our rewards.
“In the second half of the season we have been far more ruthless, far more clinical and look really good as a team.
“It’s about self-belief, and having a belief to come to somewhere like this and dominate the ball.”