Warnock fumes over disastrous defending

Furious QPR chief Neil Warnock left his men in no doubt the visitors' defending had been unacceptable at Carrow Road.

Rangers looked the most likely after Luke Young cancelled out Russell Martin's early strike just before the hour mark – but Warnock was left fuming at the manner of Grant Holt's match-winner.

'I suppose if you have scored it you are absolutely delighted but when I look it at on the television it will make it even worse,' he said. 'We should have cleared it on at least five occasions.

'When you want points, you have to be hungry for it and that is disappointing for me. They were soft goals. You could see those anywhere in England, let alone the Premier League. They haven't really had to work for the goals. They were silly goals.'

Warnock insisted his men were full value for all three points – a message rammed home at the interval.


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'It's strange but both managers think they should have won the game,' he said. 'I'm disappointed, really. I have to say. At half-time I said to the lads I would be disappointed to come away with even a point so I felt we could win. Nothing I saw in the second half changed my mind. I feel like Robin Hood used to do in the forest of Sherwood.

'I feel robbed, but if you can't defend better than we did for the two goals then you don't deserve to win. I can't repeat what I said to the players after the game. I actually thought we were cracking second half.

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'Armand (Traore) and Luke Young were superb and the forward play was excellent, but if you can't defend in this league you get beat. I don't think it's easy to take because I believe we should have won the game.'

Warnock opted for the experience of Shaun Derry over the undoubted talent of the unpredictable Adel Taarabt to fill the midfield void left by suspended skipper Joey Barton. Warnock revealed the reigning Championship player-of-the-year was left behind in West London to work on his fitness.

'He trained this morning at the training ground and he has to get himself a little bit fitter,' said the QPR boss. 'He knows what I feel about his fitness levels. I'm not sure that would have been the game for him.

'We wanted to do something else with what we had on the bench. We've had some horrendous injuries of late but we had a full quota on the bench and if we had made the right decisions in the right areas we could have won the game quite easily in the second half.'

First choice keeper Paddy Kenny was also a notable absentee. The former Sheffield United stopper is poised to miss the run up to Christmas with a strained muscle, but QPR have been refused permission by the Premier League to bring in an emergency replacement.

'He got injured last week so we asked the Premier League if we could loan a keeper or sign one under the emergency rule,' said Warnock.

'He just has a strained muscle on his side. We don't really know. It could be four weeks, it could be six, maybe two months.

'They talked about it for two days and then came back to us and said we had to bring a lad back from Borehamwood who has never played for two years in our reserves and we gave a free transfer to and if not him then a 17-year-old who had never played a reserve match yet.

'I think it's absolutely scandalous, not to get any help. I don't think we can accept common sense. If you look at what happened with Manchester City and Arsenal last season this is not in the same league.

'That is a final decision. It's in stone. Radek (Cerny) has a permanent problem and has played only two reserve games all season. I thought he was faultless. He even looked the part in that pink top. We're going to have to persevere with it the way it is for the time being.'

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