MARK Warburton’s spell as QPR manager finished as it started at Stoke City three years ago – the R’s victorious, this time thanks to a 1-0 win over Swansea City in South Wales.
Andre Gray’s 80th-minute goal was the difference at the Swansea.com Stadium on Saturday.
Following the game, Warburton discussed the key talking points from the afternoon.
Finishing on a high
“It was very pleasing, especially in front of another strong away following. The fans have been outstanding for us and it’s a big thank you from me.
“Everyone knows the difficult run we’ve been on but the fans have stuck with the team. They’ve seen the players continue to give it 100 percent every week.
“It was important for us to finish on a high. We got the clean sheet and won the game. I’m delighted for the players and delighted for the fans.
“All credit to the players – against a team who like to dominate possession, you have to work hard and maintain your shape, discipline, focus and concentration. They did that and deserve enormous credit.”
Key to clean sheet?
“The key to it was hard work – we had to be brave. Swansea look to dominate possession and wait for you to lose focus and concentration. If you do that, they can hurt you.
“You have to maintain discipline, which we did, and we also looked dangerous – especially towards the end.
“We looked a good team.”
Dieng & Dom Ball
“It was great to welcome Seny back today. Dom also stepped in when needed and you saw what it meant to him.
“He’s probably suffered the most because of Sam Field’s performances. Sam’s been a consistent performer for the last few months and Dom has paid the price for that.
“I signed Dom at 11 years of age and know him better than anyone in that dressing room. He’s made almost 100 appearances for QPR and is a tremendous professional – like they all are.
“Andre Gray got the goal and you saw the likes of Yoann Barbet at the end – the relationship he’s got with the fans and what it means to him.
“I’m delighted for all of the players.”
“I look forward to watching the continued development of the team – albeit from afar. Without doubt, I think there’s more development potential in this team.
“It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work for a club of this stature and with the players we have, too – I can leave QPR comfortable in the knowledge that I’ve given everything to the role.
“I think we’ve moved forward and made progress – and I’m happy with that.”