'There are players who don’t really want to be here' admits Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock after QPR defeat
Neil Warnock says he learnt some valuable lessons following his side’s 2-1 defeat by QPR – while admitting there are some players at the club who don’t want to be there.
Boro found themselves two goals down after 18 minutes following goals from Rob Dickie and Lee Wallace, with the latter beating Djed Spence to the ball before doubling the visitors’ lead.
Yannick Bolasie managed to pull a goal back for the hosts before half-time, yet they weren’t able to salvage a point – despite a second-half red card for Rangers goalkeeper Seny Dieng.
“I’ve got a few answers today,” said Warnock after the match. “In some respects it’s very frustrating and disappointing, but I thought there were a few answers out there today as well.
"I think I know now who I have to get out and who I have to keep and build on. I think my mind was helped today with one or two performances.
"To give two goals away, I still don’t understand. I said to Djed, Djed was marking the man who headed the goal. He was stood with him and just let him head the goal. Any player should just stick with their man, it’s irresponsible and its cost us and is the winning goal.
“We’ve had some good chances to go on and win it.”
With four games remaining, Warnock is already looking at where his squad can be strengthen for next season.
Several players will be out of contract this summer, with the club set for multiple departures before the start of the 2021/22 campaign.
“You can see we have a nucleus of good players, unfortunately we are missing the lads we have missing,” added Warnock.
“We now have to bring in other lads who are as good as them to give us an opportunity to lose certain players and we have players to replace them with.
“At the moment we are ticking over. Not dissimilar to when I first came, I think there are players who don’t really want to be here and we have to try and help them on their way.”