Leeds United v QPR: Warnock untroubled by first defeat

Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock insisted he was untroubled by the club's first defeat of the season as he braced himself for their visit to Elland Road.

The former Sheffield United boss saw QPR surrender their long unbeaten record at the hands of Watford last Friday, losing for the first time in 20 Championship fixtures.

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But Warnock claimed a clash with Leeds United was an ideal fixture for players wounded by a rare failure.

The division's leaders will travel to Yorkshire this weekend to face a buoyant Leeds team who came through an eighth successive match without defeat on Saturday, recovering from two goals down to beat Burnley in dramatic fashion at Turf Moor.

Six points separate the sides, with QPR holding a game in hand, but Warnock's squad are still favourites to claim the Championship title after an incomparable run of form during the first half of the term.

Warnock said: "We've got some tough fixtures coming up – Leeds, Swansea, Coventry and Norwich. But they're the types of games you need after a defeat. We've made a good start to the season and we'll move on after one defeat in 20.

"If you'd told me we'd have been unbeaten in early December I'd have laughed at you and called you all sorts of names. We're still in a good vein of form."

Warnock predicted that QPR's clash with Watford at Loftus Road would be the start of their most difficult period of the season, and they are preparing to play one of the division's form teams at Elland Road.

Leeds are unbeaten since October 30 after a spell of results which surprisingly failed to earn Simon Grayson the Championship's manager of the month award for November but that have lifted Leeds to fourth in the table.