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Warburton on Boreham Wood and striker search

MARK Warburton felt that his QPR side lacked intensity in Tuesday’s pre-season friendly against Boreham Wood at Meadow Park.

The R’s took an early lead through Ebere Eze’s penalty but eye-catching goals from Kabongo Tshimanga and Sorba Thomas turned the game Wood’s way.

And speaking to www.qpr.co.uk after the match, Warburton admitted that his squad knew that they needed to do better. 

“When you come into these games it's part of your preparations but you want to develop a winning mentality,” he said. “We were disappointing in the first hour, we showed a lack of intensity, didn’t really hurt the opponent enough, we were sloppy in possession and I was far more impressed with Friday night away in Vienna. 

“It was a beautiful playing surface here at Boreham Wood and we should have maximised it. I thought the subs came on and made a difference; Charlie Owens and Mide [Shodipo] on the left-hand side and we looked bright when they came on. 

“We have to recognise that we have to be significantly better than that. There were some heated words said in the changing room by the squad because they know they are better than that. We have come to a nice ground tonight and we haven’t delivered a performance in front of our fans. 

“We know what we have to do, we still have a number of players to come in and some to come back from injury, so there will be changes but we can’t be happy with tonight.”

Warburton also provided an update on the club’s search for strikers.

He said: “It’s not about going out and getting any striker, we’re trying to get the right strikers who will add the right quality to us and will score the goals that we’ll need in the division. 

“Les and his team are putting in a lot of hard work, as we all are, to try and find the right players. It’s a difficult time and the Premier League clubs are going away on tour and some clubs are waiting for other clubs to move [sign players] to trigger a snowball effect down the pyramid. 

“Right now, we are looking avidly in certain positions and strikers on top of that. A lot of work is going on behind the scenes and rest assured we and the QPR fans are aware of what we need.”

We were disappointing in the first hour, we showed a lack of intensity.

Mark Warburton
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