QPR man explains his ‘frustratation’ and looks forward to Warnock reunion

Defender James Perch admitted he found it hard to watch from the bench during QPR’s back-to-back league wins but was pleased to be back in the starting line-up in the defeat at Preston on Saturday.

Having been an unused substitute for the victories against Birmingham and Wigan earlier this month, Perch returned to the side at Deepdale with Grant Hall out injured.

But while the 31-year-old was happy to get back involved, he was disappointed with the 2-1 reverse.

“It’s always frustrating when you’re on the bench and not in the starting XI,” Perch told QPR’s website.

“To play the 90 minutes was good, but to lose the game was hugely frustrating because I didn’t think we deserved to lose over the course of the 90 minutes.

“Conceding on the stroke of half-time was a blow for us. It was a great strike from [Aiden] McGeady, but we should have shown him on to his left foot, because his right foot is a wand.

Neil Warnock was QPR boss from 2010 to 2012, and briefly again in 2015

“The second goal was frustrating, because there looked like a clear foul on Bids [Jake Bidwell], but it wasn’t to be for us.”

Rangers entertain Cardiff City on Saturday, with former QPR boss Neil Warnock returning to Loftus Road for the first time since his four-game spell as caretaker-manager last season.

It will also be the first time the Yorkshireman has faced QPR as the opposition boss since a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace in 2009.

Perch said: “I played here under Neil during his last spell and really enjoyed it.

“You know what you’re going to get with Neil Warnock’s teams. He’s old school and I’m from the old school era.

“I’m sure he’ll get a warm reception from the Rangers fans.”