It’s beats fish­ing, says new boss Neil

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Katie Fowler

QPR’S in­terim man­ager Neil Warnock re­vealed he sought the ap­proval of sacked boss Chris Ram­sey be­fore agree­ing to take the team for their stalemate with Pre­ston.

Warnock had been a re­cent ad­di­tion to Ram­sey’s back­room staff but was in­stalled as his tem­po­rary re­place­ment in mid­week af­ter the former Spurs coach was dis­missed.

The R’s had the bet­ter of the play in Warnock’s de­but game and he was en­cour­aged by what he wit­nessed, de­spite nei­ther side be­ing able to break the dead­lock.

“I’m go­ing to en­joy it here, how­ever long I’ve got,” he said. “And why not? It’s bet­ter than sat at home fish­ing isn’t it, for the time be­ing.

“I love the club and just be­ing around the club and the fans, I think it is a fab­u­lous club.

“When they asked me, I had no hes­i­ta­tion, I spoke to Chris, he didn’t mind ob­vi­ously. I don’t know if it is one game or two games, but I’m go­ing to en­joy it.

“I thought for the first hour we were al­right. I thought that the sub­sti­tu­tions made us a bit lop­sided, I tried to put for­wards on.

“I thought Ju­nior Hoi­lett was su­perb. They tell me he’s not per­form­ing, but I thought he did well.

“Ale­jan­dro Fau­rlin was su­per. There are some plusses. Goalscor­ing seems to be a bit of a prob­lem at the minute, but we’ve got two weeks to try and sort that out.”

QPR dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion in the first half and came close early on when Hoi­lett whipped in a cross, miss­ing the head of Matt Phillips by mere inches and whizzing past Jor­dan Pick­ford’s left-hand post.

The R’s could have taken the lead mid­way through the first half when San­dro dis­played some slick Brazil­ian magic be­fore un­leash­ing a strike from 25 yards, nar­rowly pass­ing over the top of the Pre­ston cross­bar.

The Li­ly­whites’ only se­ri­ous chance of the first 45 min­utes came just be­fore half-time, with Joe Gar­ner strug­gling to keep a dif­fi­cult vol­ley down af­ter a de­cent spell from Pre­ston.

QPR came out for the sec­ond half con­tin­u­ing to dom­i­nate pos­ses­sion, and were un­lucky not to score when a cross from Phillips proved to be just inches too far away from the out­stretched leg of Char­lie Austin.

At the other end Pre­ston’s Adam Reach slashed his vol­ley wide of the post and Daniel John­son sliced his shot into the crowd, much to his frus­tra­tion.

Pre­ston had the best chance of the game with just seven min­utes left on the clock, with Rob Green mak­ing a su­perb save to deny Bai­ley Wright.

“You saw what it meant to the play­ers get­ting an­other re­sult on the road, an­other clean sheet at a place like this, and given the sig­nif­i­cance of this game, with Neil Warnock’s first game,” said Pre­ston boss Si­mon Grayson, whose side sit 17th.

“We know we can utilise the ball a bit bet­ter but you have to do what­ever you need to do to get a re­sult.

“As the game wore on, we frus­trated them and we looked like the team that were go­ing to get the win­ner, and we count our­selves a bit un­lucky at times.

“We’re happy with what we achieved and we’ll go into this break con­fi­dent.

“It is how you come back af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break isn’t it? The last one we lost and we’ve re­sponded in a real pos­i­tive man­ner since, and we want to pick up the pieces again when we come back.

“And there is no big­ger game than Black­burn at home on the 21st.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

TUSSLE: QPR's Leroy Fer in ac­tion with Pre­ston's Alan Browne

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