Warburton urges QPR players not to get discouraged

QPR manager Mark Warburton admitted he was lost for words in the dressing room after his side lost 2-1 at home to Bristol City despite dominating much of the game.

Rob Dickie headed Rangers ahead and it was becoming a totally one-sided match before Nahki Wells equalised five minutes before half-time.

Adam Nagy put the Robins ahead early in the second half and they held on despite more sustained pressure from the hosts.

“For the first time as a manager in many years, I didn’t know what to say to the players,” Warburton said.

“You can’t rollock them because they were so good for such a long period of the game against a very good Bristol City team.

“We’ve got a lot of young players. What do you say to them after that? They were so, so good for long periods – and right to the death.”

It was a second successive defeat for Rangers, who also lost 2-1 to Brentford last Friday and are 17th in the Sky Bet Championship table.

But they have plenty of ability going forward and Warburton has urged his players not to get discouraged.

He said: “We created chance after chance. We did it against Brentford and again tonight. We’ve dropped six points when we really played some excellent football.

“They’ve got to build that belief in how good they are and how good they can be.

“The players deserve a lot of credit. They’ve worked hard on the training pitch and in games.

“It’s a group of players who are working hard and need to understand how good they are now and how good they’re going to be in a year’s time.”