Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton saw his QPR side hold their nerve from the spot to send Premier League Everton crashing out of the English League Cup.

The ex-Ibrox Gaffer has been in charge at Loftus Road since May 2019 and has steadily improved the fortunes of the London club over the last few seasons.

Handed a new contract in the summer, the ex-Brentford and Nottingham Forest boss is clearly making an impression on the powerbrokers at the Rs.

Eighth in the Championship and with at the very least Playoff ambitions this season, QPR welcomed Rafa Benitez’s Everton to Loftus Road this week in the Carabao Cup.

 

In what is undoubtedly the biggest result of his QPR management career – and potentially his biggest since leaving Ibrox – the Englishman got the better of the Spaniard following a 2-2 draw in London.

Charlie Austin was the hero for QPR, his double twice having the club ahead with Lucas Digne initially equalising before Andros Townsend did so again.

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But most impressively Warburton’s side held their nerve to complete a legendary penalty shoot-out, pipping the Toffees 8-7 after failing to miss a single spot-kick.

Queens Park Rangers v Everton - Carabao Cup Third Round

Charlie Austin netted a double to help Mark Warburton and his QPR side overcome Everton. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Dominic Ball – a former Rangers loanee during Warburton’s time in charge – also played the entire match and netted one of the penalties against the Merseyside club.

Warburton’s biggest moment at Rangers also came following a penalty shoot-out when he secured a famous Scottish Cup semi-final win over Celtic in 2016.

One of the heroes of that day has also been tipped to earn a recall to the Scotland squad after returning to play football North of the border.

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