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Warnock: We Didn't Hold Lead For Long Enough

14 December 2014

Neil Warnock felt it was difficult for his side to get the better of the opponents game plan but even so believed his players had enough of the game to take the points. 

"I would describe it as probably a war of attrition, it's not my job to tell journalists how to describe the game but that would certainly be how I would start the first paragraph looking back on today.

"It's difficult when you get teams who have that set way and who are time-wasting from the start, and you've got to cope with that."

After a header from James McArthur had given his side the advantage it was not long before Neil saw his side concede, a real frustration to him. 

"The problem we had was we didn't keep the lead for long enough. You've seen how many efforts and shots on goal we had and we had to keep the lead longer than we did, that was our biggest problem.

"We were attacking trying to get the second goal, we were in a good position, and we shouldn't get caught on the counter like that.

"Looking back at the game though that was the only blip for me defensively and I thought we coped quite well with whatever else they had to throw at us."

Marouane Chamakh left the field with a hamstring injury and Neil believes that left his side short and he will be looking to increase his squad numbers when the transfer window opens in January. 

"I just feel we were left short when he had to come off, we need a physical presence in our squad who can give us that bit extra when we need it. We have to get two or three players in during that window as quickly as possible to take the club forward. I would like to get the new ones in as soon as I can in January and add to our squad for the second half of the season." 

Talking of losing Chamakh it was unclear as to the extent of his injury that saw him having to leave the action.

"I am not sure yet but I don't think it is as bad as the injury he got at Newcastle or last season, he will go for a scan on Monday and we will have a look at it from there. I am hoping it will only be a couple of weeks rather than anything drastic."

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