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Warburton's #FORQPR talking points

MARK Warburton saw his side lose 3-1 at Nottingham Forest.  

Andre Gray gave Rangers the lead but second-half goals from Djed Spence, Ryan Yates and Brennan Johnson turned the game on its head at the City Ground.

Following the final whistle, Warburton shared his thoughts on the key talking points.

First-half display:

“I was very pleased with the first half. I think we started the game exceptionally well, the shape was good, we stepped in and caused problems down the sides which we had worked on in training.

“They had a spell where we had to weather the storm, which you are always going to get. I thought we did that very well.

“Luke went so close to scoring an early goal for us. It was a great bit of football and if you go in 2-0 up it’s a different game completely. We missed a big chance there. It is good to get the boys in the right positions to score the goals but you have to take those chances. That’s not a criticism of Luke, it is great to see him in there, getting in those positions for us.

“And then Andre took his goal exceptionally well, with a good ball down the side from Ilias.”

Second-half assessment:

“In the second half they score a worldy, into the top corner. I am not sure any keeper saves that. I felt we were a little bit timid after that. If you can get to the hour mark and keep this crowd quiet – and they are a good, passionate crowd enjoying a good run of form – then you are in a good place, but that goal goes in and it fires them up. 

“I was pleased with the performances from Luke and Andre Dozzell. We then brought on Stefan Johansen and Jeff Hendrick to control the ball and calm the game down a bit. And then we concede a corner from a set piece. You can’t give away a goal of that nature.”

Goalkeeper injury crisis:

“Unfortunately David Marshall pulled his hamstring two minutes after we made our final substitution. He didn’t want to come off but then made it worse by an excellent save to his left, and as you saw the third goal went in and he couldn’t move.

Seny Dieng, Marshall, Jordan Archer and Joe Walsh are all injured. It is quite remarkable really. I have never known a situation like it before to have four goalkeepers out like that. 

“Now we have to look at what options are available to us. We can bring in an emergency loan but it can’t be from the Premier League. Phonecalls are already being made but is a somewhat bizarre situation.”

Chris Willock injury:

“I don’t know how serious his injury is. I thought he played really well. We wanted him to pick the ball up deep and run at them. I thought he was getting in pockets and he was enjoying himself. He got a kick to the back of his hamstring so we will scan it and see how he is.”

I have never known a situation like it before to have four goalkeepers out.

Mark Warburton