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Ex-QPR striker Tony Thorpe has been speaking to Love Sport Radio about his former side’s start to the season.
Thorpe played for the R’s from 2003-2005, and scored 10 goals in 41 appearances for the Londoners during his two-year stint at the club.
Mark Warburton, the man currently in charge of Thorpe’s old side, has had a decent start to life as the R’s boss since being appointed back in May, a sentiment that Thorpe has echoed in his comments.
Thorpe told Love Sport Radio: “They’ve had a relatively good start to the season, bar playing West Brom at home last week and getting beaten 2-0 at home, which was a tough one to take.
“Then there was a battering at Cardiff, which is never an easy place to go to. They’ve had a bit of a stumble, but all in all, not a bad to the season at all.”
How many managers can walk into a new side and go on a four-game winning run so soon into their tenure?
That’s exactly what Warburton did before losing the last two outings against West Brom and Cardiff, and the latter defeat wasn’t a bad performance by any means – it was a game that they could’ve won on another day.
The R’s had 71.9% of possession against the Bluebirds, and also hit the woodwork twice through Ryan Manning and Eberechi Eze.
Two defeats against sides recently relegated from the Premier League are nothing to be ashamed of, especially while still in the infancy of Warburton’s tenure.
He has also been able to coach two different systems into his players – the 4-2-3-1 and 5-3-2, seeing his side win games with each of the two formations.
As Thorpe says, it really hasn’t been a bad start to the season at all – despite the dissatisfaction from these QPR fans after defeat to Cardiff.
Warburton should be proud of his work so far, and in Eze, Jordan Hugill, Nahki Wells and Ilias Chair, the former Brentford boss has a decent crop of players who could do something special this season.