With Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton pulling few punches in his after game interviews following the 2-1 defeat to Boreham Wood, our gaffer had something to smile about on Saturday afternoon as we faced Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.
A much improved performance overall from the first team squad saw Spurs loanee Luke Amos score twice in as many minutes as he put two headers past their goalkeeper to secure a 2-1 win as players got more minutes under their belts as we continue preparations for the coming 2019/20 Championship campaign.
Speaking to the Official Site following the game, Warburton was naturally far more pleased but he knew it was only a step in the right direction and that there was still plenty of work left to be done.
“That was miles better. As you saw, the intensity was much improved and we moved the ball quicker. We created chances and it was night and day from Tuesday – but we have to keep on moving forward. It was good for long periods, and in truth we should have been out of sight in the end given the chances that we created. We have to keep making progress. The quicker we can move the ball, get back into shape and dominate areas of the pitch, the quicker we’ll be okay. There were lots of good things to take from today, but if we want to improve we have to maximise the chances we create.”
With 22-year-old Amos getting the brace on the day, he obviously came in for some good praise from the gaffer.
“I was delighted for him. He’s had a tough time through injury, losing a big chunk of last season. It was frustrating for him. But he’s a very talented boy, and all credit to him for working so hard to rehabilitate. Spurs have looked after him and we have that responsibility to take on board moving forward. To see him play the hour that well, that strong and to get two goals as well with a smile on his face is what it’s all about. It’s great for him. He’s worked hard and I’m looking forward to seeing him develop in the weeks ahead. I’ve no doubt that there’s more to come from him.”
At’s certainly a good sign that he’s settling in well and from what I’ve seen of the game, he’s not the only one finding his feet now.