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Warburton on Birmingham

MARK Warburton shared his thoughts following QPR’s 0-0 draw at home to Birmingham City.

In a game which saw few chances in the first half, the R’s created a number of opportunities after the break with Bright Osayi-Samuel seeing his volley headed off the line and Lyndon Dykes’ downward header bouncing onto the bar, while Ilias Chair had two efforts go wide.

At the other end of the pitch, Rangers kept their third clean sheet in seven league games.

“The defence stood up today, but Birmingham are very good at what they do,” Warburton said.

“We always knew the ball in the box was going to be a threat, so we had to defend resolutely and today we did that. The clean sheet is a positive, of course it is, but we must improve at the other end of the field.”

The R’s chief believes his side were guilty of looking for the ideal strike as they sought to break the deadlock against Blues, explaining: “We keep trying to score the perfect goal and trying to walk the ball in, and sometimes we must just flash it across the goal and at the very worst get a corner situation, but we are trying to be too precise.”

Warburton felt Rangers improved in the second period, admitting: “We were poor in the first half, we had no intensity in our play, we looked lacklustre and looked poor.

“But we improved and got into some great areas in the second half, we moved the ball just a little bit quicker, we went long over the top to turn them and then looked to play short.

“The defenders for both sides did their job today, but most importantly we were creating chances in the second half, looked far more dangerous and were getting in behind their defence.”

Warburton also explained why Lyndon Dykes and Albert Adomah were withdrawn during the second half.

“Lyndon came back from international duty with the injury and today an hour was about the most we could ever get out of him, similar to Albert,” he said.

“But they both showed they are very good players and will play a big role this year, just medically today we had to look after them.

“The games come thick and fast now and these three-or-four week injuries really hurt you, so we are just looking after them.”

Rangers now turn their attentions to their mid-week trip to Barnsley.

“The players need to rest now ahead of Tuesday,” Warburton said.

“When you see the players after 90 minutes at that level they are knackered. This will be our fourth game in ten days, it’s a relentless programme of matches at the moment, so they have to rest and recover really well.”

We keep trying to score the perfect goal and trying to walk the ball in.

Mark Warburton
Osayi-Samuel tries to break the deadlock