QPR boss makes defender vow

Warnock believes ‘disgrace’ Traore will flourish under his guidance

Neil Warnock is confident Armand Traore will learn the lessons of his sending-off against Aston Villa at the weekend, and insists the Senegal international will flourish under his guidance.

With QPR trailing 1-0 to Villa in the closing minutes at Loftus Road, Traore lunged in on Marc Albrighton, earning a second yellow card and becoming the second Rs player of the season to see red.

Warnock was furious with the 23-year-old left-back, who is now suspended for the Rs’ trip to Fulham on Sunday, and branded the defender’s actions a ‘disgrace’ after the match.

However, Warnock, who revealed he fought off attention from several other clubs to bring the player to QPR from Arsenal before the transfer window closed, recognised that Traore is still maturing, and believes he will grow from the experience.

“I said to him ‘when we’re playing at Fulham next week what are you going to be doing?’ But he is learning. He is a good player and will be an even better one after that,” said Warnock.

“I’d been looking at Traore for ages and ages, but I didn’t think we’d be able to get him because there were quite a few clubs after him.

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“I think it’s a great move because he’s got a lot to learn defensively-wise, we’re working on him every week now.

“Even in the two or three sessions we’ve had with him, he was thinking defensively. Let’s face it, Arsenal have got so many players who like to pass the ball, whereas we have to be organised.

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