It’s not them it’s us.
That appears to be the message that QPR boss Mark Warburton wanted to get across in the aftermath of his side’s defeat to Blackburn Rovers.
Speaking after the game, Warburton commented that the goals that the team conceded were down to the ineptitude of his own side rather than anything positive that the home side managed to create, and that this is a problem that has been going on all season:
“I have yet to see a team that opens us up. We are making individual errors. We are giving soft goals away and giving ourselves a mountain to climb. It is very frustrating because we are making it hard for ourselves when it shouldn’t be. We have given away two soft goals tonight. We got a good first goal back and in the second half Liam Kelly didn’t have a save to make.”
The thing is though, I’m not sure if he’s entirely right on this one.
If you take a look at the goals that we conceded last night, I don’t think you can put them down to errors. Granted they weren’t exactly contenders for goal of the season, especially the second one, but I didn’t see any errors in there, just a team that wasn’t good enough to deal with the threat that was at hand.
Perhaps he’s doing it as a way to motivate and comfort the players, saying that they are actually good enough in terms of talent on the pitch, and it’s just momentary lapses that are letting them down, something that can be fixed a lot easier that trying to improve someone’s skillset.
But if you look at the goals we are conceding, there has to be an element of questioning just what Warburton is teaching the team. There’s simply no way that the club boasts the third-worst defensive record in the division based purely off errors alone, there has to be something more than that.
Will Warburton fix our leaky defence by the end of the season?
So now it’s over to you Mr Warburton, what are you going to do about it? Will you actually try and coach the players up to be better, or just keep coming up with excuses?