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We lacked guile

MARK Warburton was a bitterly disappointed man as QPR exited the FA Cup at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night.

MARK Warburton was a bitterly disappointed man as QPR exited the FA Cup at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night.

The R’s went down 2-1 at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

The visitors took the lead just before half-time through Morgan Fox and doubled their advantage in the 91st minute when Sam Winnall swept the ball home from close range.

Nahki Wells netted moments later to set-up a grandstand finish but Rangers were unable to find a leveller, and Warburton admitted: “It’s very frustrating to go out like that. I feel like we have gone out on a bit of a whimper.

“In the first half we felt we had more of the ball, we never felt threatened at all, we got into some good areas particularly on the far side, but we never forced the keeper into the save.

“We just lucked a bit of guile and then we gave away a really poor goal, it’s a really soft goal to concede just before half time.

“We knew we would have to come out for the second half and raise ourselves and our tempo, and I thought we did that.

“The players moved the ball well and had a good energy about them, the crowd reacted well and it felt like we were going to get the goal but we missed the big chances which ultimately cost us - you have to take your chances.

“We had a couple of big chances around the 70-minute mark and you have to take those chances.”

“We spoke about being more clinical like we saw in the Swansea and Cardiff games and to miss those chances tonight was a sucker punch because we were then caught out on the break.”

Warburton and Rangers will now quickly turn their attentions back to the league when they visit Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night.

“On the back of their good result against Sheffield Wednesday and a break away in Portugal they will come back rested and full of confidence,” Warburton said, “so we have to go there with a positive mind set, prepare and rest well.

“We know what we will face and will want to continue our run in the league. We have the quality to impose ourselves on the game but we will need to go there and do that.”

 

We had a couple of big chances around the 70-minute mark and you have to take those chances.

Mark Warburton
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