QPR's ex-Rangers contingent suffer early Championship setback
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QPR's ex-Rangers contingent suffer early Championship setback

Former Rangers boss Mark Warburton’s Rangers contingent at Queens Park Rangers suffered their second defeat on the bounce after falling to a 3-1 home defeat to Swansea.

The former Brentford and Nottingham Forest boss signed three ex-Rangers stars in the summer as he took over at Loftus Road.

But with only four points from a possible 12, the London club find themselves in 19th place in the Championship table.

It’s still early days, but Mark Warburton and his ex-Rangers contingent are still finding their feet in London. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Liam Kelly, Dominic Ball and former Gers captain Lee Wallace all played for Warburton at Ibrox and joined him as he took over the English club.

None of the three has played in the English Championship, whilst only Kelly and Ball have played for QPR.

Both summer signings turned out for the former Premier League side in the 3-3 (5-4 on penalties) QPR EFL Cup win over Bristol City.

Former Gers captain Wallace has yet to turn out for QPR despite the high-profile summer move.

This is due to the same hip injury which blighted his final year at Ibrox [Scottish Sun].

The result follows a 2-0 defeat away to Bristol City, a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield and a 2-1 win over struggling Stoke.

Warburton, who left Rangers in questionable circumstances in February 2017, told the QPR website after the game:

“We can’t be that naïve.

“It was pretty much nip and tuck and then we gave away a really soft goal.

“We looked very good in the second half. We had chance after chance and we then get the goal.

Kelly was the hero for QPR in the EFL Cup penalty shoot-out win over Bristol City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“In a respectful way, we thought there was only one team who was going to win. We looked very strong.

“Then four or five minutes later we give away a really naïve penalty.

“We have got to learn together that you have to be more clinical in front of goal and take more care in front of ours.”