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Warburton: The game changed on the red card

MARK Warburton reflected on QPR’s disappointing 3-0 defeat away at Barnsley.

After the R’s started strongly, the clash at Oakwell flipped in the 26th minute when defender Rob Dickie received his marching orders for a foul inside the penalty area.

At 1-0 down, Rangers never fully recovered and a further goal from Conor Chaplin as well as an own goal from Yoann Barbet condemned Warburton’s ten-men to defeat in south Yorkshire.

“We came out in the first 20 minutes and I thought we looked superb, but goals change games," Warburton told www.qpr.co.uk.

“Quite honestly, they couldn’t get out of their own half. We did everything bar but the ball into the back of the net and then we paid the price.

“When you are on top, you have to take advantage but we were unable to do that this evening and it has cost us.

“They [Barnsley] started to get back into it, they switched it a few times, but as a whole we continued to control the ball. However, it all changed after the red card.

“The second goal was just unfortunate - it went through a couple of legs - and it was just one of those bizarre goals.

“Of course, you earn your own luck but it was one of those moments that if you go in at the break only one down, you re-group and you know what you have to do. But being 2-0 down, it made it much harder.”

Warburton feels the intense fixture schedule that Rangers continue to plough through has had an impact on his relatively slim squad.

He said: “I have no lack of confidence in the quality of our players. We had to rest a few, we lost a few through injuries and that’s the nature of these run of games.

“I’m not saying this in a defensive way, but we are a tight squad and when you lose a couple through injuries, through fatigue; you have to be really careful."

Warburton was also keen to explain the reasoning behind winger Bright Osayi-Samuel's omission from Tuesday's squad.

He said: “Contract talks with Bright have been ongoing for a while now. He’s a great lad, everyone knows what I think of him, but his head has to be in the right place for a game of football and I just felt that tonight it wasn’t right for Bright and for the team as well.

“There a lot of lads who are working really hard and it does him good just to have a think about things. Contract discussion are moving along at a certain pace and I just want him to have a clear head and make the right decision."

He added: “There is still very much hope [that he will sign a new contract]. He is at a very good place at the club, he is developing well with us and I hope very much that he can see that is the case.

“For me, I just want him to make a clear decision. He is a very talented young lad, I think a lot of him, but it is a difficult time for a young player and he has to make a very clear decision."