Warnock on Educating Boro
By Robert Nichols
Sunday 05 Jul 2020 10:42:00
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As Neil Warnock licked his wounds yesterday morning at that last gasp defeat at Hull he talked about the ways in which he was educating his group of players to be more defensive minded and tighter to break down in those all important moments and weather any last minute storms. But fortunately we did get some breaks this weekend with results elsewhere and that does throw the door wide open for us once more could we possibly get that all-important win this afternoon over QPR – 2pm kick off.

First of all Warnock reflected on the defeat at the KC Stadium and how much it hurt everyone.

“It doesn't go away quickly when you lose a game like that. It is heartbreaking really but you have to move on, they come thick and fast now the games.”

He is right there as we have to react out there today. We haven't won at home since Boxing Day v Huddersfield and we need to put that record straight this afternoon against Mark Warburton's QPR.

Warnock was shaking his head about the way the fixtures were falling yesterday but when everyone (nearly) loses it can instead give us an opportunity.

He said:

“The fixtures aren't kind with other clubs having two extra days all the time, QPR will have had two extra days, Millwall will have two extra days. So, it is a bit tough on us at the moment but as I have said to the lads, we have just got to stick at it now, we haven't got time to mope about it, we are disappointed. When we had a chat about it we all know what should happen, they should be able to do things off their back in that situation, late on. It has happened now, we have to move on.”

The bottom line is that...

“We don't score enough goals. But the other day I would have been quite happy if we had scored one goal. I thought both goals were preventable if I am honest. It is all right saying the referee gave silly, easy free kicks but we have got to defend them better than what we did.”

So, Warnock has been working hard on defending. He likes to build from the back and in the circumstances where you are scrapping for every point and where it is going right down to the wire we need to hold on in those injury time situations.

“I just think the lads are responding and working hard which is all they can do. I have no magic wand as such, I just want them to be organised and give themselves as much opportunity as they can to pick up points and scramble over the line because that is what is looks like it is going to be for everybody down there.”

“It is strange for me. I have said about the lack of defenders and I read in the paper that they put a list of about 20, I didn't realise it. But I didn't mean that. I meant defensive players. I think we have got quite a lot of attacking defenders but there are times where you have got to defend for your lives really.”

“We are in a situation where 3 weeks time we will know where we are. I stressed from day one this is as difficult a job as I have had really. Even at Rotherham, when I went in we had a group of 5 or 6, what I call defenders. We were able to build from that. We have got quite a lot of midfield players here, good midfielders as well. We have got a couple of strikers but a shortage in that area too. We have good wide players but we have no back up regarding full backs and limited at centre half. I know what it is going to be, we are going to be fighting for our lives, we have got to scrap and try and get those points now to get over the line.”

“It is difficult. I didn't realise the numbers situation. The squad has got decent numbers, it is just slightly misappropriated with the numbers of fit defenders strikers, in relation to midfield, strikers, wide lads. So, it has been on the training ground trying to train players who are probably not as defensive minded as they probably should be, show them the little elements of defending etc. Of what we need to do. It has been strange but you have got to do that. You have got to show them what you want, really. They are a good group of lads and they will do what we say but it has been a little bit of educating them really.”

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