Mark Warburton shared his aggravation after QPR leaked more goals from set plays against Birmingham despite battling it out for a 2-2 draw. 

Goals from Marc Pugh and Jordan Hugill cancelled out Scott Hogan's opener in the second half, but the striker managed to add his second of the game from QPR's obvious weakness. 

His 81st-minute equaliser from a corner meant Rangers have now conceded 17 goals from set pieces this season, leaving only Huddersfield (18) and Wigan (19) ahead of them in the Championship. 

“Despite controlling the first half we conceded a really soft goal, which meant we came in at the break 1-0 down,” Warburton said.

“We knew we had to raise our tempo. We aren’t machines and, after a tough game on Tuesday, we were a bit lethargic, but once we got our game going, we looked much better and scored two swift goals.

“But we had chances to make it three and put the game out of sight. However, we didn’t capitalise on that and seal all three points.

“To concede from a set piece was disappointing, as we knew going into the game of the physical threat they possessed from set plays, but once again we have let ourselves down defensively.”

Despite showing some irritation with his team’s defensive woes, Warburton did have sympathy after the efforts they put into achieving their 2-1 win over Derby midweek. 

“Tuesday against Derby was mentally and physically tough,” he added.

“However, I have to be happy with how we responded once again today. We came from behind a couple of weeks ago against Stoke and essentially, we have done that again this afternoon, which does give me confidence.

“When we go forward with the pace and energy that we know we have, we look really threatening and if we can be more clinical in that area we can really hurt teams in this league.”