QPR boss Mark Warburton branded the second goal his team conceded at Bournemouth as “unacceptable” after they suffered their first defeat of the season.
Rangers went down 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium, where they dominated before a bad mistake by Rob Dickie led to Jaidon Anthony opening the scoring.
Warburton defended Dickie for that lapse and was much more critical of the shoddy defending which led to Dominic Solanke doubling the Cherries’ lead.
“The first goal can happen, I am never going to criticise a player for that,” Warburton told West London Sport.
“Our defenders want the ball and they are brave, so I will never criticise them for that.
“The second goal was unacceptable. You can’t miss your challenges and your duels and he ghosted past two or three of our players. That for me was the difference.”
Rangers were excellent in the second half but were unable to find an equaliser after Sam McCallum pulled a goal back.
“Everyone in the stadium knows the next goal is important and we got that and then made a couple of changes and we looked very dangerous,” Warburton said.
“To come to a team like Bournemouth and have that stat shows we are moving in the right direction and getting better. But we have to learn from these types of games.”