Mark Warburton spoke at a QPR Fans’ Forum this week about his playing philosophy, and fans are split about whether he is right to stick to his guns.
The QPR boss has come in and instilled a passing style this season, and in the main it has worked well. QPR sit 10th as a result of their 54% average possession – the fifth-highest total in the division.
However, it has come at the detriment of the defence, and there is a concern that the insistence on playing out from the back is costing goals – with Nahki Wells’ back-pass leading to Britt Assombalonga’s goal last weekend a perfect example of that.
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Despite the errors, Warburton is determined in playing in such a fashion as he recognises and accepts that mistakes will occur. He isn’t concerned about that though, as learning from errors allows players to improve, and he thinks it will benefit his team in the long run.
Some supporters admire his stance and the confidence he has in his players and tactics, but others think the defensive issues must be addressed, and therefore something should probably change in terms of the playing style.
Here are some of the reactions from the split fanbase.
the buck stops with the gaffer…if the system/players isnt working u change it. Our defence has been a shambles all season with no signs of improving any time soon. Need a gud experienced defensive coach to sort it out #buildfromtheback
— william mackey (@williammackey3) November 13, 2019
Spot on comments don’t be afraid to play
— Neil (@arnoldqpr) November 13, 2019
Spot on football philosophy… he also doesn’t have the backing for ready made players to this… isn’t it good to know we are breeding this mentality at t club for the younger players (akin to what they see/idolise on the tv)?
— Peter Sinclair (@PeterSi32573000) November 13, 2019
We’ve conceded at least two goals in each of our last nine league games.
It’s hard to criticise what we’ve achieved so far this season but that’s pretty shocking at any level.
— Jools (@Jools_Orca) November 13, 2019
He’s not wrong is he! Weekly mistakes, City play out from the back can’t ever recall a mistake, I know there is a massive gulf in quality, but my saying is ‘If you can’t swim get out the pool’
— Andy Coyle (@Andy_Coyle6) November 13, 2019
You can’t learn to swim when you’re out of the pool.
I think the mistakes are fine. Once they’re ironed out we’re left with a team that scores a lot and doesn’t gift the odd goal.
Good place to be.
— Lenny Reid (@Lenny_Reid) November 13, 2019