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We have to take our chances

MARK Warburton admitted he was repeating himself after QPR’s 1-0 defeat at Reading as he urged his team to take the chances they are creating.

Rangers had a host of opportunities at the Madejski Stadium with Ebere Eze seeing an effort cleared off the line, Ilias Chair hitting the crossbar, Jordan Hugill seeing his follow-up shot saved, and then in the final minute the R’s forward hit Royals stopper Rafael Cabral in the face with a close-range strike.

The game was decided by a stunning John Swift effort from distance, and Warburton told www.qpr.co.uk: “In both halves we started off sloppy.

“We were poor and gave the ball away very cheaply in the first half, and we started the second half off very slowly, but eventually we got going and used the ball.

“We picked up some energy and added a tempo to our play and I thought from then on, we played well.

“We created numerous chances in the second half and from them we have to score.

“Annoyingly that is very typical of what we have seen in the last few weeks.

“We are creating chances and getting into good areas, but we need to get the rewards for the good football we are playing.

“Ilias’s effort hits the upright and comes back and the keeper again pulls off another good save, which ultimately summed up our night.

“It’s frustrating but we have to take the positive from it and that is that we’re creating chances.

“We can’t beat ourselves up over it - we have to move forward.”

Following the summer transformation of the squad, Warburton is pleased with the direction his team is heading in.

The R’s chief hinted there would be limited activity in the upcoming January transfer window for QPR, although he is looking at potentially using the loan market.

“I think we have one of the lowest budgets in the division but you deal with it by working hard collectively,” he said.

“We had a massive overhaul in the summer and I think January will be very low key for us in terms of spending money.

“It’s important for the club to keep a firm foundation and keep moving forward in the right direction.

“If we can use the loan market wisely then we will try and do that but it’s about the long-term project and hopefully we can get the long-term foundations in place to send this club into a good place.”

We created numerous chances in the second half and from them we have to score.

Mark Warburton
Hugill steers home but is denied by the offside flag