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Warburton: That was a lot better

R’S boss Mark Warburton was a happier man after seeing his side come from behind to take a point at Luton Town.

Rangers suffered a heavy home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

But after Dom Ball’s 65th-minute strike – his first-ever goal for QPR – cancelled out James Collins’ first-half penalty effort at Kenilworth Road, Warburton told www.qpr.co.uk: “That was a lot, lot better.

“We had clear words [after the Sheffield Wednesday defeat] and that carried into Monday. We knew what we had to do. It was about personal pride and professionalism.

“Hard work underpins everything that you do. On Saturday, that was the first time in my career that I’d been so disheartened by a performance. There is too much quality in the dressing room for that to happen.

“The boys responded really well tonight and I’m delighted for them. I wanted them to get all three points, but we’ve got two games now, two tough games, to hopefully go and show what we’re about.”

On the subject of Ball’s equaliser, Warburton added: “I first signed Dom when he was 11 and I don’t think he’s scored for the last 13 years!

“I’m delighted for him. He got into good areas. He timed his run well and it was a good, technical finish.

“I was delighted for him and delighted for the team. That was the least they deserved. At half-time, they were angry at being a goal behind.

“But we played a team who were fighting for their lives tonight. You saw the Wigan result and what happened there – teams are scrapping and we had to meet the challenge and impose ourselves on the game. I think you saw that.”

Angel Rangel was named in Rangers’ starting XI but stretchered off after only 11 minutes.

While the extent of his injury is still unclear, Warburton said: “Angel has been tremendous for us. Unfortunately, it looks a nasty one.”

Rangers are back in action on Saturday when they welcome promotion-chasing Millwall to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

I first signed Dom when he was 11 and I don’t think he’s scored for the last 13 years!

Mark Warburton
Dom Ball's first QPR goal ensures we leave Luton with a point