Dickie learned from Mitrovic encounter, says QPR boss

QPR boss Mark Warburton says Rob Dickie’s difficult recent run of form will only improve him as a player.

Dickie started the season in superb fashion but his performances had tailed off following an error that led to a goal at Bournemouth before being given a torrid afternoon against Aleksandar Mitrovic in last Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Fulham.

But he was back to his best against Blackburn on Tuesday, looking defensively strong and also setting up the move that led to Ilias Chair firing home the late winner in the 1-0 victory.

“He was playing against a top-class international striker who is probably the highest-paid player in the division and proven at this level,” Warburton said.

“That was a tough game for Rob on Saturday, but he would have learnt so much from it.

“You saw the way Mitrovic used his body. He is strong, clever and is very physical and it was a great test for Rob.

“He was deeply disappointed on Saturday as were the whole defence, but that is how you learn unfortunately.

“But as long as we see Rob get better week on week, we will be in a good place going forward.”

Luke Amos continued his comeback from a knee injury that kept him out for almost 11 months with an impressive 30-minute run out against Rovers that coincided with Rangers’ best spell of the match.

But Warburton maintains he will continue to bring the former Tottenham midfielder back slowly given the severity of the injury he sustained at Bournemouth 12 months ago this week.

“Lukey Amos went through major surgery and the ACL injury he sustained this time was a far more extensive one and more work needed to be done and we have to look after him,” he said.

“He is working tirelessly but if we can 45 (minutes) out of him then 60 and build him up, all well and good.

“But you can’t go from over 10 months out and throw him straight in at Championship level.

“Don’t forget where he was before he came to QPR. He was playing for Tottenham in the Premier League.

“He is a very talented player and to get him back to get Sam Field back and Lee Wallace back, they will be like new signings.”