• by Yann Tear at the Kiyan Prince Foundation

Warburton keen to accentuate quality of QPR play, in spite of first setback on home soil


Mark Warburton says his players have to be more ruthless but are still very much moving in the right direction, despite suffering a first home defeat of the season.

They dominated most of Saturday's home game with Bristol City but were undone by two sucker-pinches at the end of each half - a winner coming from former player Nahki Wells deep into injury time.

The 2-1 reverse felt deflating but the Hoops boss is convinced the bigger bigger is rosy.

"The message to the players is: 'Don't lose sight of the fact that we are going in the right direction and creating chances. We're a very good team.' he said moments after the defeat.

"I don't think people see QPR as a threat and that's fine. But we'll keep going about our business, keep under the radar and keep playing forward and if we become more ruthless, we'll get our rewards and they'll be a stage when they look at QPR and see we are a good team who can dominate."

Warburton added: "We've got to be more ruthless. We had so many chances.

"[Bristol City's] Dan Bentley did well as their goalkeeper but that's his job but we've got to recognise it's about being ruthless. It was the same against them last season when it was the same result.

"But we created that many chances to show we are a good team.

"I think the fans can see it's chance after chance after chance going forward but it's about putting hr ball in the back of the net. You get the second goal and it's three, four, five very quickly and there were so many chances, but that's the nature of football.

"They would have been happy with a point. To go away with all three is a bitter pill to swallow for us.

We are scoring goals and creating chances but Bentley was making save, after save, after save."

Warburton is certain to make changes for Tuesday night's exciting Carabao Cup tie against Everton at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, bearing in mind that they travel to West Brom om Friday night for their next Championship fixture.

"If West Brom was on Sunday, it would be marvellous, but the fact it's on Friday night makes it very awkward for us," he said.