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Warburton's #DERQPR talking points

ANDRE Gray netted a dramatic 90th-minute winner for QPR at Derby County on Monday night.

The R’s came from behind at Pride Park, with goals from Chris Willock and Gray cancelling out Tom Lawrence’s first-half strike.

The win lifts QPR to third in the Sky Bet Championship. Following the game, R’s boss Mark Warburton shared his thoughts.

The first half

“In the first half we gave a really poor goal away after being tight in the last five games so that was disappointing. We didn’t play with an intensity and didn’t move the ball enough with purpose.

“We were laboured and tentative. We had lots of ball in their box but never really threatened or showed that quality.”

Improved second-half display

“All we needed to do was raise the intensity and show more belief and character, and get around the park. We did that in the second half and we looked good – it was a big three points for us, that’s for sure.

“We started the second half much better, on the front foot. It is so important because when we do that we are a good team. We have to be brave when we make decisions and make sure we keep our shape behind the ball. 

“When we did that we looked a decent team but I still think there is a lot more to come.”

Derby’s threat

“Derby are a team that are together. They feel an injustice, they feel wronged and you could hear the support they had, their fans were behind them - just as our fans were behind us and they were magnificent. 

“For Derby, they are unified by the situation and we had to make sure we stepped up and met that challenge.” 

Lee Wallace injury

“Lee felt a tightening of the hamstring which is why he came off. We hope it is nothing more than that. Mo came on and did well to adapt to the pace of the game in the way he did.” 

Looking ahead

“For this team it is all about confidence and belief, and a mindset. They have no idea what they can achieve. They just need to have that mindset. 

“We will keep on working hard, it’s as simple as that.”

It was a big three points for us, that’s for sure.

Mark Warburton
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