MARK Warburton hailed QPR’s “strong performance” as he saw his side overcome Luton Town 2-0 with goals from Charlie Austin and Macauley Bonne, but felt the performance after the break could have been better.
Austin, who rejoined the R’s on loan from West Brom on Saturday, netted shortly before half-time and the win was sealed late on with a cool finish from substitute Bonne.
“It was a very strong performance – in the first half especially we controlled it and should in truth have been more than one goal up at half-time,” Warburton said.
“We looked very positive on the ball and I was very pleased with the contributions all over the park.
“We made it difficult for ourselves in the second half, we never looked the same team and as always lessons are to be learned.
“It’s a tough place to come to and Luton have been in good form but in the end it was three well-deserved points.”
Austin got his second stint at the club off to the perfect start with a close-range header, and Warburton added: “Putting the ball in the net always changes games.
“Lyndon had a chance when he was through and him and Charlie linked up really well.
“You saw the impact taking the lead had – there was relief throughout the team.”
Assessing the second half, Warburton added: “We were a lot deeper but we were always going to break on the transition.
“We did that and Macca took his goal really well.
“I’m delighted for the players – it’s a big result.”