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Warnock cools QPR's promotion expectations

QPR boss Neil Warnock
Warnock is keen to bring in two players at QPR

QPR manager Neil Warnock played down suggestions his side are among the favourites for Championship promotion, after a nail-biting draw with Derby.

Warnock's men came back from 2-0 down with two dramatic stoppage-time goals to share the points and stay top.

"How we can be amongst the favourites to win the division with eight new players in the squad is beyond me," said Warnock.

"I think we're [likely to finish in] sixth to 10th position at the moment."

Kris Commons and James Bailey had put Derby ahead at Pride Park and they looked on course for victory until Patrick Agyemang and Jamie Mackie struck in the 92nd and 95th minutes for the visitors.

"I think a lot of teams might have packed up at that late stage," added Warnock.

"But I said to the players before the game that there are going to be times this season when we go two or three-nil down.

"I always think that we can get a result because I believe we are capable of scoring goals in a split second.

We can't finish games off and we can't quite hang on at the other end

Derby boss Nigel Clough

"I didn't realise it was going to be 90-plus minutes when we scored two goals but it just goes to show that you never give in.

"I thought we were poor in the first half but all credit to the players, we went positive with the substitutions and Paddy [Kenny] made a great save at 2-1 so it was a great team effort to scrap and get a result.

"It feels like a win when you score so late in the game."

Warnock also revealed he will be attempting to reinforce his squad before the transfer deadline at 1800 BST on Tuesday.

"I still want to bring two players to the club," he said. "I've got four strikers and three wide players on my list and I'd like one of each.


"We just need a couple more to add to the options we've got."

Derby boss Nigel Clough believes his side need to learn how to close out games but tried to take the positives from their display.

"It's frustrating. We played so well for so long and then we got punished at the end but that's been the story of the last three league games," said Clough.

"There have been three good performances but we've not quite got our reward for them.

"I thought that we should have finished it off and made it 3-1 in stoppage time but, at the moment, we can't finish games off and we can't quite hang on at the other end.

"They [the players] are going to have a few days in Spain so that will help them to get over this

"It would have been nice to go into the break with three points but I think that when we sit down and analyse it and put it into context the performance and the effort that has gone in was absolutely magnificent."

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