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Warburton: Preparation will be key

MARK Warburton believes that effective communication will take on additional importance in his squad’s preparation for Tuesday’s fixture at Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship (7.45pm).

When the R’s take to the field in south Wales, it will be just over 72 hours since their last outing, which came against Huddersfield on Saturday.

And, due to the quick turnaround, Warburton knows that Rangers’ off-the-pitch work will be vital as they bid to bounce back from the weekend’s disappointment.

“We reviewed Saturday and then we started to look at Swansea,” the manager told www.qpr.co.uk. “We’ve looked at what they do well, their result and performance against Derby [on Saturday], how they played, their shape and their personnel.

“They’re a good footballing team. Within their ranks they have players with Premier League experience, whether that is Ayew, Routledge or Naughton. They have very good players from front to back.

“They had a good home run up until the weekend – they had won the previous four or five. We know what we face but we have shown already how good we can be against them.

“They know we are dangerous. They know the threat we pose and we have to go there and try to dominate the football, impose ourselves on the game and try to play it our way. We want to play at our tempo and get our rewards, of course.”

A lot of Rangers’ pre-Swansea work will be conducted in the analysis room, rather than on the pitch, and Warburton says those sessions can generate positive discussion.

He said: “It’s about being very honest with the players in a respectful way. I’ve got no problem with a player coming back with a response.

“We have to talk and the way we communicate is key. They are professional players and nothing is ever personal. In these meetings, we are highlighting what we need from the group, from an individual or a unit within the team.

“That is our job as coaches and the players’ job is to respond. That is how we get better. We learn from mistakes and we improve on how we perform week-in, week-out. That side of things is vitally important.”

The R’s were frustrated again on Saturday. They enjoyed the better of the first half but eventually went down to a pair of second-half goals.

After the game, the manager spoke about sounding like a broken record and he is again calling on his team to be clinical in both penalty boxes.

He said: “We can’t keep going into games and playing as we are; dominating the first half, the first 30 minutes. Up until the first goal recently, there has been one team in control and we have to start putting the ball into the back of the net.

“That’s the broken record part – we know we are getting into good areas but we have to show more quality with our final attempt on goal. We are not testing the goalkeeper as much as we should be. We need to show more guile and the cunningness in those tight areas.”


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We highlight what we need from the group, from an individual or a unit within the team.

Mark Warburton