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Warburton frustrated but denies QPR is too dependent on Willock

QPR boss Mark Warburton hasn’t thrown a punch in his assessment of his side’s performance after putting up one of their worst performances of the season only to collapse to a dismal 1-0 defeat at the bottom of the Barnsley chart.

Domingos Quina’s long-range strike 14 minutes from time allowed the hosts, who had not won a game since 3 November, to force Rangers to a first league defeat this year.

“We haven’t done enough to win a game of football, if I’m being honest,” Warburton said.

“All week we’ve talked about Barnsley and how they’ve lost seven games in a row and they would knock down for every ball and compete for every ball and we knew they were going to win a game sooner or later and we said ‘Don’t be against QPR’.

“We knew what we had to do, but we lacked fluidity and intensity today and we didn’t do enough.”

Rangers missed out on the creativity of Chris Willock, who missed the game with a ‘minor blow’ caught in training.

It was the second week in a row that Rangers failed to score without Willock in the side – but Warburton denied his side depended too much on him.

“I’ve just been told we’ve scored in every away game for a year and this is the first time in 12 months that we haven’t scored on the road,” he said.

“It’s a remarkable achievement from the players. We are a team that creates chances and scores goals, but today we didn’t.

“When we’re good you get the applause, but today we weren’t good enough.

“Chrissy is a talented boy, he was player of the month with his goals and assists, but when you play six games in 17 days you are going to have consequences.

“I hope it will only be a few days and we will have to see how he is tomorrow.”