Warburton praises QPR players and backs Dykes

QPR manager Mark Warburton felt his players deserved credit for their response to a sustained spell of Stoke pressure early in the second half.

Rangers are without a win in six matches after the 0-0 draw with the Potters.

But the point and clean sheet were some consolation following two successive home defeats.

Warburton said: “We started the game well but to be fair to Stoke they started the second half in the same fashion. We were chasing shadows in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

“I thought the boys showed a lot of character on the hour mark, because we were under the cosh.

“Stoke were throwing men forward and have good players, good presence and a lot of experience in their squad.

“But our players stood up as a team and defended the goal. Then we started to come into the game more.

“I was pleased with the character they showed in that last half an hour to finish the game strongly.

“It was a game of few chances for both teams. It was very hard to break down defences.

“After the disappointing run it’s a big point. We’re pleased with the clean sheet, but you always want to win your home games.”

Rangers did create an early chance when Lyndon Dykes was unable to score from close range after being found by Ilias Chair’s low cross.

Dykes has only scored once from open play since his summer move from Livingston, but Warburton again backed the striker.

“We could have scored – Ilias across and Lyndon, good movement,” he said.

“We should take those chances, but we score as a team – you can’t just turn around and say ‘It’s him’.

“We’ve all got a responsibility at set pieces, for example, to attack the ball. We attack as a team and defend as a team and it’s really important to highlight that.”