Mark Warburton heaped praise on his QPR side after they came from behind to beat Wigan 3-1, notching their first league win since the opening day of the season in the process.

A trio of second-half strikes from Nahki Wells, Eberechi Eze and Jordan Hugill turned the tide after Cedric Kipre’s early opener.

And while it may have taken a half-time dressing down for the side to buck their ideas up, Warburton was quick to applaud his team’s response.

“I have to be honest, that was probably the worst half of football we have produced so far this season, but all credit to their players for the response,” he said.

“People often say ‘a game of two halves’ but it really was on Saturday. We were disappointed with the way we played in the first half; we lacked intensity and we were all sloppy the ball.

“We spoke about needing a reaction, being strong, moving the ball quicker and getting bodies forward, and they did it so all credit to them.”

After their early scare, Wells ensured that Rangers made the perfect start to the second 45, getting back on terms before Eze put them ahead on the hour for a lead they would not relinquish.

But in spite of the turnaround, Warburton is not prepared to allow his charges off the hook for their sluggish start.

“Obviously that will be discussed and analysed but that is a poor and sloppy start,” he continued.

“I thought we were sloppy in general in the first ten minutes, which is very unlike us, but we will learn from it.

“I thought they were more aggressive in the first half. We know about Joe (Garner), I signed Joe before so I know what he brings to a team; he is great in the air, strong physically, has a real presence and being brutally honest we didn’t deal with their players as well as we should have.”