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Warnock stays calm after win

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QPR manager Neil Warnock declared himself pleased with his side's narrow 2-1 win over relegation-battling Crystal Palace, but refused to get carried away.

Heidar Helguson put the Hoops in front with a 20th-minute tap-in before James Vaughan levelled the scores five minutes before half-time with his eighth league goal for the club. Helguson secured the win with a 54th-minute penalty following Patrick McCarthy's foul on Adel Taarabt, for which he received a straight red card.

Warnock said: "It's hard to believe it's just over a year since we took over here. It's not a straightforward job - it never is at QPR and hasn't been this season - but when you get a game and an atmosphere like that, it's all worth it. When you've been in the game as long as I have, you don't get carried away when you win games or when you lose them. I said the same after we lost to Millwall in midweek."

The former Palace boss added: "It's difficult for me against Palace. I really don't enjoy games against them, but I wanted my players to enjoy it.

"You've got to give Palace credit. They fought for their lives, scored a goal - sloppy from our point of view - but we started again and in the end could have scored more goals.

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman insisted he had no argument against the decision to send off McCarthy.

He said: "We've no complaints at all. Unfortunately, Paddy gave the referee an opportunity to give a penalty and to send him off.

"Of course that was a turning point, especially in what was a close game that I thought was going to the wire.

"We had to defend for our lives in the first 40 minutes, but I felt once we got the goal it gave us a boost and we could have gone on from there.

"QPR are top of the league and are a very good side with Premier League players, but we gave them a run for their money."

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James Vaughan
Dougie Freedman
Football
Heidar Helguson
Millwall
Championship
Premier League
Patrick McCarthy
Everton
Queens Park Rangers
Crystal Palace
Adel Taarabt

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