QPR boss Warburton seeking emergency goalkeeper loan


08:16 17 March 2022

QPR boss Mark Warburton has signaled his intention to tap into the emergency loan market after losing a fourth keeper to injury in their 3-1 loss to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

David Marshall joined Seny Dieng, Jordan Archer and Joe Walsh in the treatment room after picking up an injury in the closing stages at the City Ground as defeat saw QPR slip to sixth in the Championship table.

On his side’s disappointing evening, Warburton said: “I thought we were good in the first half and started the game very well. Our form was good and we were giving them problems.

“Chris Willock’s exit was a blow as he is a dangerous attacking threat for us, but we kept scoring a good goal and missing a keeper which was a great moment. They then scored a howler from 30 yards out and we continued to concede from a free kick, that’s the bit that really hurt.

“The goalkeeper then pulled his left hamstring and couldn’t move for the third goal, so we have four injured goalkeepers now, which is pretty incredible.

“Marshy has been exceptional for us and we will have to look for an emergency loan, but it can’t be anyone from the Premier League so we will have to see what we can do.”

Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper David Marshall was injured in their defeat at the City Ground
– Credit: PA

On-loan Watford striker Andre Gray gave the Hoops a half-time lead but Djed Spence’s 30-yard thunderbolt sparked a comeback which was completed by efforts from Ryan Yates and Brennan Johnson .

The result moved Forest one point behind the west Londoners in the hunt for a play-off spot and Steve Cooper said: They were a bit better than us for the first 10 minutes but we were good after that and looked like we were going to take the lead after a few near misses.

“Then they scored against the run of play and that can detail you when you play well, but in the second half we were brilliant.

“We played with a lot of energy up the pitch, but we also passed the ball well and created lots of chances.

“It took a brilliant goal from Djed to level the scores and sometimes it takes something special to start things off but, in the end, they couldn’t live with us.

“And they’re a team that’s been in the top six for most of the season, so to crush them like we did, meant we were really good for the win.”

Warburton’s men will be looking to bounce back when they host Peterborough United at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Sunday (12.30pm).

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