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Warburton: We have to take our chances as a team

MARK Warburton wants his QPR squad to be collectively clinical when they head to Huddersfield Town in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Rangers – who drew 1-1 with the Terrier earlier in the season – will head to Yorkshire looking to bounce back from defeats in each of their last two games.

In both of those matches, which came against Blackburn Rovers and Bristol City, the R’s created enough opportunities to earn at least a draw and the manager is calling on all of his players to take a chance should it come their way.

“The chances are falling to different individuals, rather than one person, and we have to take them as a team,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.  “The positive for me is that we are creating the chances and we have shown that when we are clinical that we can get great results; Cardiff and Swansea prove that. We have to be like that more often.”

Rangers lost top scorer Nahki Wells in the January transfer window. Wells, who was on loan from Burnley, was recalled by his parent club before being sold to Bristol City.

Warburton says his players now have a chance to step forward and score the goals for the team.

He said: “Jordan [Hugill] is the main man as a proven goalscorer with what he has done this season. He’ll relish it, I have no doubt.

“I’ll be saying to the likes of Brighty, Ilias, Ebs, Mide, Luke Amos… go and get yourself forward. Get into the key areas and get the goals that we need.

“It’s a great opportunity and I know that they will rise to that challenge. We need keep on creating chances, keep on being positive, maintain the tempo to our play and the results will come.”

Another attack-minded player who may get his chance in the coming weeks is Aramide Oteh. The youngster spent the first half of the season on loan at Bradford City where he scored five times for the Bantams.

If given an opportunity, Oteh could replicate Conor Masterson in being a young player who forces his way into the reckoning.

Warburton said: “I’ve said all along that whether a player is 18 years of age or 38, if they step up to the challenge and take their chance then we will keep with them.

“Conor right now deserves his chance. He was going to go out on loan to get regular football and as it turns out he is getting that with QPR, so all credit to him. It is a tough ask for a young defender in this league, with some of the quality you come up against.

“He has really risen to the challenge; he’s a strong character, a good communicator, is well liked by the squad and Rem [Aramide Oteh] should look at that and think ‘if I work hard and take my chance then I know that the manager will stick with me’.

“I hope the message is positive and when players get an opportunity then they go and grab it.”

In Huddersfield, QPR will face a team who are not far outside the Championship relegation zone.

The Terriers endured a tough start to the season, following relegation from the Premier League last season, but since the appointment of Danny Cowley as manager their form has picked up.

Warburton said: “Danny and his brother have done a brilliant job in terms of steadying the ship. Their management style is proven, they have got a good CV and have some very good, high-quality players within their squad.

“It’s another tough test and I’m yet to see an easy game in the Championship – I keep looking for it but cannot find it.

“The games come thick and fast, it is a tough place to go to but as I always say we are a good team. We know that on our day we will beat anyone in the league. That’s not said arrogantly, that is said confidently.

“We have a lot of quality in our team but we have to prepare well, recognise what we face – Huddersfield have a powerful, physical attacking threat and experience at the back – so they have a talented team but so do we. We look forward to the challenge.”

Warburton will again have Yoann Barbet and Angel Rangel available for section at the weekend. The duo both got minutes for the club’s U23s side on Monday afternoon and the manager is delighted to have them back.

He said: “It was great to see Yoann and Angel come through on Monday and we have players who can play in a number of positions, which is important to us.

"The squad is tight and we want that camaraderie and everyone to smell and taste the first team, so it is great to welcome back Yoann and Angel. It’s almost like two new signings, certainly in Yoann’s case. Yoann faces a battle to get the shirt off Conor, which I’m sure he realises.”

Geoff Cameron will miss the match as he serves the second match of his two-game suspension.

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I hope the message is positive and when players get an opportunity they grab it.

Mark Warburton
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