WARNOCK: I WILL ENJOY BEING HERE
It’s beats fishing, says new boss Neil
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.”
TUSSLE: QPR's Leroy Fer in action with Preston's Alan Browne