Premier League - Warnock pleased with debutants

Tue, 13 Sep 00:28:00 2011

QPR manager Neil Warnock was pleased with the performance of his debutants in the goalless draw with Newcastle at Loftus Road.

2011-12 Premier League QPR Joey Barton - 0

New signings Armand Traore, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Luke Young, Anton Ferdinand and Joey Barton all started the game, the latter captaining the new-look side, with DJ Campbell coming on as a second half substitute.

While Wright-Phillips was the most impressive of the new batch of players, Warnock had no complaints about any of the players taking their bows in a Hoops shirt.

"I'm delighted not only with the point, but with the way we played," he said.

"It's difficult when you get five or six players in 10 days and we've had four days' training, so to see them perform like that was fantastic."

QPR dominated the match but failed to capitalise on several good chances. Wright-Phillips and Jay Bothroyd were both denied by goal-line clearances.

Nevertheless, new skipper Barton echoed his manager's sentiments and said the players could be proud of their performance, given the sheer number of new faces on the pitch.

"A clean sheet in football is different class, especially considering we had six new players on the pitch," he said on Sky Sports 1.

"We should probably have won the game, but if we keep playing like that we'll win games.

"We've only been together a few days but good players don't take that long to bond and we'll only get better."

Wright-Phillips added: "I think at times we were just inches and yards away from scoring, but we have to look at the positives.

"It's the first game we've played together and we did really well, and defended superbly.

"As long as we keep playing like that, the better we get to know each other, I think we'll get goals in the games to come."

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was happy to settle for a point, but will expect more from his side in coming weeks.

"The result was good because it's a difficult place to come," he said.

"They were the better team, we didn't play as well as we'd have liked, so for us we got a point and another clean sheet and we've got to be pleased with that.

"That's three clean sheets now (this season) and that takes some doing in the Premier League. But there are always improvements to make and certainly as an attacking side there can be improvements."


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