Defiant Warburton defends Wells after QPR draw

QPR manager Mark Warburton

QPR manager Mark Warburton defended Nahki Wells after the 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough.

Wells equalised in the first half – his ninth goal of the season – and an own goal by Jonny Howson meant Rangers led at the interval.

But an appalling back-pass by Wells enabled Britt Assombalonga to bring Boro level midway through the second half.

“It (the back-pass) didn’t help but he’s also the man that’s scored a lot of goals for us and got us out of some sticky situations and he’s human,” Warburton said.

“If we take responsibility at the other end and put the ball in the back of the net then it relieves that burden and that (the back-pass) is not the main talking point.

Wells has been excellent for QPR so far this season

“Nahki is a top pro and he came straight into the dressing room and put his hand up for it, but for me it’s not about that – he’s human and you learn from your mistake and move on.

“But we should have put the ball in and been far more clinical in front of goal.

“We defend as a team and attack as a team and today we had a lot of possession in the second half in a good position at 2-1.

“What then happened, it happened, but how many chances did we have to put the ball in the net and didn’t do it?”

The result left Rangers without a win in four matches and 10th in the Championship table.

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