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We didn’t deserve to go through

MARK Warburton pulled no punches after watching his QPR side crash out of the Carabao Cup to Portsmouth on Wednesday night.

Second half goals from John Marquis and Marcus Harness secured victory for Kenny Jackett’s men and the R’s boss told www.qpr.co.uk: “We weren’t unlucky tonight – we didn’t deserve to go through.

“In the first 25 minutes we were very comfortable, probably too comfortable if that makes sense. We moved the ball, we created chances but didn’t take them and then suddenly we dropped deeper and got a bit loose; a bit complacent.

“When you invite a team like Portsmouth on then they are going to create chances.”

Pompey took the lead from the penalty spot on 77 minutes before adding a second four minutes later and Warburton admitted: “The penalty changed the game, of course, but it is disappointing overall after such a comfortable and promising start.

“We didn’t maximise it and now we’re out of the cup.”

The R’s certainly looked comfortable for much of the first half but were unable to maintain that control, allowing the visitors to grow more and more into the game, and Warburton added: “We had total domination of the football but we didn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

“If you don’t do that then Portsmouth take confidence from it. They take confidence from it and then they have their periods.

“We were too disappointing for long periods tonight and didn’t deserve to go through.

“We had enough quality on the pitch tonight to progress but we didn’t perform up to our normal standards and we suffered the consequences.”

We weren’t unlucky tonight – we didn’t deserve to go through.

Mark Warburton
Marc Pugh heads at goal in the second period