Mark Warburton insists QPR on right track despite Bristol City defeat

File photo dated 08-12-2020 of Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton at the start of the second

File photo dated 08-12-2020 of Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton at the start of the second half during the Sky Bet Championship match at The Den, London. Issue date: Thursday August 5, 2021. - Credit: PA

QPR boss Mark Warburton told his players not to lose belief after their 2-1 defeat at home to Bristol City.

Warburton's side made an excellent start to the season and were unbeaten prior to recent back-to-back losses.

Their former striker Nahki Wells scored a last-gasp winner for the Robins, who were on the back foot for most of the game.

Warburton said: "The message to the players is to not lose sight of the fact that we're going in the right direction. We're a very good team.

"We've got to go under the radar, keep playing our football and just be a bit more ruthless. You can see we're a good team.

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"We're creating chances and scoring goals - our goal difference tells you that. We're creating chances against good teams both home and away."

Chris Martin put City ahead against the run of play a minute before half-time.

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Sam McCallum equalised early in the second half and QPR had a host of chances as they pushed for a second goal.

They were then hit with a classic sucker punch, with City breaking forward in the final moments and Wells firing home.

"The stats tell you we dominated the second half," Warburton said.

"We went in at half-time 1-0 down but I think everyone knew we were on the front foot and we were an attacking team. We had so much of the ball.

"We got the goal early in the second half. We then had so many chances and we've got to be more ruthless.

"It's about goals. We've spoken so many times about that - we've got to be ruthless. But when we create that many chances we know we're a good team.

"The fans can see it was chance after chance after chance. But it's about putting the ball in the back of the net.

"I got the feeling that if we get the second goal we get three, four or five, because we had so many chances.

"They were hanging on for a point and I'm sure would have been happy with a point. Them going away with three is a bitter pill to swallow."

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