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Warburton’s #QPRHUD talking points

MARK Warburton has reflected on QPR’s 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.

Luke Amos came off the bench to grab an 81st-minute winner on Wednesday night with a fine header.

The result moves QPR to fourth in the Championship table. Here are the gaffer’s thoughts on the key talking points:

Overall verdict

“For the players in there that was one of those games that can easily get away from you and you can easily drop two or even three points if you concede late so that is a really important win tonight."

Huddersfield’s threat

“They came here and had the opportunity to jump above us, take our place in the top six and it was a real chance for them but we met the challenge tonight.

“They are a good footballing team, who came here on the back of a really good win against West Brom but we delivered a good performance.” 

Amos’s goal

“We never lost patience and I thought when we scored It was great for Luke Amos and all he has been through but then we showed a real compactness at the back. We won headers and stood up to an obvious threat."

Creating chances

“We have said for a long that that if we are creating chances we will be in a good place. People laughed at it a couple of times last season but we were creating the chances and not taking them. Tonight we had Charlie’s turn and the keeper put it round for a corner and we have had Ilias put it over the bar. 

“We created chances and when you are doing that you know that it will come, it’s when you aren’t creating opportunities you have to worry. 

“What is also pleasing – and I hope I am not tempting fate with this – is we are restricting the opposition to long-range efforts. If you go back to Forest it was a deflected goal but we restricted them to long-range speculative shots and if you are doing that you are defending well." 

Dieng’s late save

“I felt we deserved that. We did enough to win a game of football. It’s always going to be dangerous at 1-0 and that’s what we have to recognise. 

“People say you managed the game really well but when we had the positive spell in the corner we need an end product, get the second goal and kill the game off. 

“You have to recognise that there’s a fine line between managing the game and squandering opportunities but the boys were great tonight.”

Hard work

“The players worked so hard. They have a really rough games programme, we have a lot of injuries, 16 outfield players and two goalkeepers available and to a man they delivered tonight so a huge amount of credit to them.”

That is a really important win.

Mark Warburton
All smiles after heading home his first QPR goal since December 2019