QPR crashed out of the Carabao Cup against Sunderland through the heartache of a penalty shootout at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
After a goalless 90 minutes, the visitors progressed 3-1 on penalties, with Charlie Austin, Ilias Chair and Yoann Barbet missing from the spot, while Lyndon Dykes successfully converted his.
Following the game, Mark Warburton shared his thoughts on the key talking points.
“Sunderland came out smartly from the first whistle and in the first ten or 12 minutes created a couple of chances.
“After that I thought we started to impose ourselves on the game and looked far more in control, and had some good chances in the first half, very good chances that we didn’t capitalise on."
The need to be clinical
“In the second half we created chances but we have to be honest – Saturday was disappointing and again tonight we had to be more clinical.
“The possession was evenly split and chances were slightly in our favour but we have to be more clinical.”
Austin’s offside goal
“I have just seen the incident again and it is quite staggering how clearly onside Charlie is.
“At this level a mistake like that is so costly for so many reasons. There was the opportunity to get into the quarter-finals of a major tournament, there are the financial implications for the club.
“The players’ reaction normally tells you if it might be offside - they turned to celebrate straight away. They knew it was onside.
“The fourth told me immediately that it was offside. From my viewpoint I couldn’t really argue against that. But when you see it back, well, my word.
“The image I have just seen of it – we aren’t talking about inches. It is very clear Charlie is onside and you have to get those calls right. When the officials look back at it I am sure they will be equally staggered.”
“How do you explain penalty shootouts? How do you explain the emotion that individual players go through when they walk up there?
“We scored eight out of eight against Everton and showed no nerves at all. Against Leyton Orient we were calm and assured. We missed the first two tonight. You have players like Ilias Chair and Yoann Barbet who have got great technique and hit the ball so sweetly, but they put theirs over.
“Players are human beings. There’s not much more I can say than that.”