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Warnock relishing return clash with Norwich City

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 October 2010

Opposing managers Neil Warnock (left) and Paul Lambert (right) watch from the sidelines as Norwich City hold QPR to a goalless draw at Loftus Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Opposing managers Neil Warnock (left) and Paul Lambert (right) watch from the sidelines as Norwich City hold QPR to a goalless draw at Loftus Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

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Queens Park Rangers boss Neil Warnock rated his side's goalless draw with the Canaries as one point gained rather than two dropped - because he believes home advantage is overrated.

The leaders are still unbeaten and have yet to concede a goal at Loftus Road in the league this season, and Warnock was in upbeat mood after a full-blooded encounter with third-placed City.

“People talk about two points dropped but I think away from home is as good as at home now for a lot of teams,” he said.

“I’d definitely prefer to play Norwich away from home, if I’m honest. They will have to come out a lot more with the home fans there – a great atmosphere with 25,000 or 26,000 – and I don’t see any reason we shouldn’t enjoy ourselves away from home.

“We have two tough away games this week but it will be tough for the opponents we’re playing against.”

Warnock rated the game “a great advert” for the Championship despite the lack of goals – and took a swipe at top-flight football.

“I just think if you don’t enjoy coming to QPR at the minute there’s something wrong with you because it’s exciting, isn’t it?” he said.

“You’ve seen all the England performances and some of the Premier League dross.

“Let’s be fair, it’s exciting. You pay your money, bring your kids here, it’s the best thing that you can do. I think Norwich played their part as well. I remember Norwich with all their kids at their place – it’s great to play like this and entertain and enjoy it, with all the oohs and aahs.

“I thought the crowd were superb, the atmosphere buzzing around, and Norwich made a great noise with the fans that followed them. I just thought it was a fabulous game.

“I know you’re not going to get goals but two good teams here had a go at winning it right from the first minute to the last minute.”

Warnock praised centre-backs Matthew Connolly and Kaspars Gorkss for dealing with City’s front pair of Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson, and had no complaints about the penalty awarded when Holt was brought down by Clint Hill.

“When Grant Holt gets a chance, he’s a clever lad, really, isn’t he? He’s going to make sure that it looks like a penalty, so I don’t think the referee had much option,” said Warnock.

“It’s a yes, definitely – he makes sure that the ref gives a penalty. I said to Helguson he should do that more, learn from Grant Holt.

“Playing against Holty is difficult but I thought Connolly came through well and I thought Gorkss did in the second half.”

The Rangers boss said they were good value for their four-point lead at the top of the table.

“You don’t turn points down. We deserve to be where we are,” he said. “It’s not our fault other people haven’t got as many points as us.

“I think there are eight or nine teams that will be there or thereabouts. That’s why it’s nice to have the points because we will have two or three dips.”

Post-match - Neil Warnock

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