Warnock cautious despite QPR win

07 August 2010 06:37
Queens Park Rangers boss Neil Warnock refused to talk up his side's promotion chances despite their 4-0 demolition of Barnsley in their Championship opener.An Adel Taarabt-inspired Rangers dominated the Tykes to indicate they could finish among the top six. [LNB]But Warnock said: "You can't ask for a better start than that but I won't get carried away." [LNB]Warnock, though, lavished praise on Taarabt, who netted the home side's third, branding him "a real talent". [LNB]Taarabt, who completed a permanent move from Tottenham this week after playing on loan at the club last term, put in a sublime display. [LNB]And Warnock claimed he was determined to get the best from the Moroccan, whose languid style was not always favoured by the 61-year-old's predecessors at Loftus Road, Paul Hart and Mick Harford.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] "Twenty years ago I wouldn't have taken Adel Taarabt," the former Sheffield United manager admitted. [LNB]"But I've said to my players to look at the good things he does and not the bad. We have to find a way of using that. [LNB]"When I came here last season he'd already been bombed out by the two previous managers. But I spent a lot of time with him and have to say I enjoyed working with him. [LNB]"I said to him that sometimes I'd drop him, or play him on the wing, and I didn't want him stamping around or throwing his shirt when he was substituted."[LNB] Taarabt thinks he should be playing for Real Madrid or Barcelona, and I've told him he can get there. Neil Warnock Warnock even suggested the 21-year-old could one day ply his trade in La Liga. [LNB]"He thinks he should be playing for Real Madrid or Barcelona, and I've told him that if he sticks with me he can get there. [LNB]"At the moment, they wouldn't touch him with a barge pole." [LNB]One of Taarabt's numerous forays into the Barnsley box had sent Rangers on their way to victory. [LNB]And when he was taken down in the box by Stephen Foster, Heidar Helguson made no mistake with his 41st minute penalty. [LNB]Jason Shackell and Adam Hammill both hit the woodwork for the visitors who also had a handball penalty appeal turned down to the chagrin of Tykes boss Mark Robins. [LNB]"At times we did look like we'd get back into it," said Robins. "We hit the post and should have had a penalty when there was a blatant handball by Fitz Hall." [LNB][LNB] We are playing one-touch football, it's the golden 70s again qprisr Taarabt made it three from the spot and defender Hall completed the rout with a late tap-in. [LNB]Robins believed the scoreline was not a fair reflection on the 90 minutes, though admitted his side had no answers to Taarabt's guile. [LNB]"I think 4-0 is a harsh scoreline, because it wasn't that kind of game," said the former Manchester United player. [LNB]"Neil Warnock said to me after the game: 'Don't be too hard on your lads, because Adel Taarabt was the difference. If I hadn't signed him, that wouldn't have happened'. [LNB]"We tried to contain Taarabt but he's very clever. It's hard to stop him unless you go man-to-man, and then that would give QPR more space, so it's difficult."

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