QPR look to bounce back on trip to Watford

Queens Park Rangers' Chris Willock (left) and Derby County's Graeme Shinnie battle for the ball duri

Queens Park Rangers' Chris Willock (left) and Derby County's Graeme Shinnie battle for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, London. Picture date: Saturday January 23, 2021. - Credit: PA

Queens Park Rangers will look to bounce back from a narrow 1-0 defeat to Derby County when they face promotion hopefuls Watford in front of the TV cameras. 

The R’s will make the trip to Vicarage Road on Monday evening (7.45pm) as they look to continue their battle of pulling well clear of the Championship relegation zone. 

They might be handed a boost if they can complete the signing of Norwegian international midfielder Stefan Johansen from Premier League side Fulham as it edges very close. 

But manager Mark Warburton will be hoping for better fortunes after he was frustrated that his side were denied what seemed a clear penalty against Derby last weekend. 

Having opened the scoring, Kazim-Richards had a lucky escape when he got away with handling Ilias Chair's corner. 


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The Rangers players were incensed by the decision not to award a spot-kick. 

"I don't think we did enough to win the game, but I don't think we deserved to lose it,” Warburton said. 

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"That was the most blatant handball you're going to see. The players' reaction tells you that's an obvious handball. I'm not sure how that's been missed. 

"When you're having a bad day and not at your best - and we were below our best for much of the game - you need those calls to go right. 

"But we didn't do enough in the first half especially. We gave the ball away cheaply and were not on the front foot. 

"When you're having a bad day, you need to do the basics well. We didn't do that. 

Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin (left) and Derby County's Graeme Shinnie battle for the ball dur

Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin (left) and Derby County's Graeme Shinnie battle for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, London. Picture date: Saturday January 23, 2021. - Credit: PA

"We lost silly duels and gave the ball away loosely. We gave away a sloppy goal and gave them something to hang onto. 

"Then, for all our possession and all the balls into the box, we lacked that bit of quality to get something out of what was a poor game of football." 

Bright Osayi-Samuel is also set to join Fenerbahce this month rather than in the summer after QPR announced they had reached an agreement with the Turkish club. 

The winger has already signed a pre-contract agreement to join the Super Lig side, but the move will happen immediately as long as Osayi-Samuel completes a medical and agrees personal terms. 

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