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Warburton reflects on “scrappy game”

MARK Warburton admitted it was a “scrappy game” after seeing his QPR side draw 2-2 with Middlesbrough.

Britt Assombalonga gave the visitors the lead in W12 before Nahki Wells and a Jonny Howson own goal put Rangers in front prior to the interval.

Assombalonga levelled with just over 20 minutes remaining for a share of the spoils and Warburton admitted: “I thought we started off sloppy, on the back foot and too deep, and we didn’t move the ball quickly enough which invited them on.

“When we started to move the ball better we showed that we are a good team.

“However, we could’ve been two goals down and then we concede through some poor marking.

“We managed to bounce back quickly and the reaction was pleasing to see. We then look on the front foot and going into the second half when you are 2-1 up you think you are in control but it was a scrappy game.”

Asked about the defensive side of his team’s display, Warburton explained: “We defend as a team.

“It’s easier to pinpoint exact players in the defensive line but we defend as a unit. We score goals from the back - if defenders don’t get on the ball and make a pass then we don’t create chances further up the field.

“I saw the crowd getting a bit nervous when we were playing out from the back but if we are going to play out, some days you are going to make mistakes but that’s how you are going to learn.

“All credit to the players for keeping on going. When we did get out we looked good but it didn’t happen as often as I would like.”

The result sees QPR sitting just two points outside the playoffs heading into the international break, and Warburton added: “The players will be in over the break but they need time to re-charge their batteries too.

“You can see how hard they have worked today, they need a rest. We are a tight squad and have had a few injuries; today we’ve had a left-back playing centre half and a midfielder playing central defence but that’s all credit to them.

“They have adapted well, so the international break will give us a chance to do some work but also rest.

“We will then prepare for the Fulham game which is going to be another tough test, but they are all tough games.”

 

When we started to move the ball better we showed that we are a good team.

Mark Warburton
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