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Warburton on Hull victory and Ebere Eze

MARK Warburton felt that his QPR side were full value for their victory at Hull City on Saturday.

Inspired by Ebere Eze’s pair of second-half penalties, the R’s ran out 3-2 victors, with the score-line not really being a true reflection of Rangers’ dominance.

QPR completely bossed the second half and afterwards chief Warburton was pleased with the way his side had performed.  

“I thought we were good,” he said. “We dominated the football in the first 25 minutes or so without really threatening their goal; we were a bit toothless and we gave away a soft goal.

“We got the equaliser and then it was a much, much better second half. We fully deserved the victory and we missed a couple of good chances before we got the goals.

“Then we were comfortable and we made it a bit difficult for ourselves at the end but overall it was a fair victory.”

Rangers fell behind when Jarrod Bowen broke the deadlock for the hosts. Ryan Manning levelled proceedings just before half-time and after the break Warburton’s men took control.

They eventually went in front when Eze converted a penalty, having been fouled by Eric Lichaj, on 77 minutes and Eze then repeated the feat 10 minutes later, having been felled by Kevin Stewart inside the box.

Josh Magennis netted a late consolation for Hull but Warburton’s men held on to win. Unsurprisingly, he was asked about match-winner Eze after the game.

The manager said: “Ebere is a very, very talented young player. There is loads of work for him to do and loads of potential for him to still discover.

“He’s a good player and you saw his quality, his character and his desire to be a better player today [on Saturday]. He’s a very talented individual and he has a very big future ahead of him.”

Warburton added: “He’s a powerful athlete and he can go left or right. He looks to get on the ball, his awareness is good and he has lots of technical ability. Like all young players, he has to work hard because this can be a spiteful game if you don’t work hard.

“He’s a pleasure to work with day-in, day-out, as are Ilias, Brighty, Dom Ball, Ryan Manning; there are a number of very good young players in our squad. We have to keep working with them.”

Although Eze’s sparkling, two-goal display will most likely see him grab the headlines, Warburton was also quick to praise the rest of his squad.

He said: “It’s a team game. We defend our goal and we pick up second balls and we build from there, so it is all about the team.

“I’m delighted for Ebere but he will be the first one to say that it is a big three points for the team and now we focus on a tough game against Reading on Tuesday.”

Ebere is a very, very talented young player and is a pleasure to work with.

Mark Warburton
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