Mark Warburton joined the returning QPR fans in feeling frustrated following a last-gasp defeat against Reading which the R’s boss felt was harsh on his side.

Rangers were backed by 2,000 supporters at Loftus Road but the return of vocal support could not inspire a change in fortunes for Warburton’s out of sorts outfit, who have now picked up just one point from their last five matches.

Ilias Chair came close to breaking the deadlock for the hosts, hitting the post from outside the area, but the R’s were hit by a sucker punch when Michael Olise picked out the bottom corner with a long-range 89th-minute effort.

“It’s frustrating and I can sit here and bemoan fine margins of the game at this level but the fact is it ended 1-0 to Reading,” Warburton said.

“If Ilias’s chance had gone in I think that would have been the game over, I don’t think they would have bounced back from that.

“But their guy (Olise) has hit a 28, 29-yard strike into the bottom corner with a world-class finish.

“I don’t think our boys deserved it but that’s what it is.

“I thought the fans were tremendous,” he added.

“It’s great to hear the proper football fans with the noise at the right times. They were superb and I hope they saw the effort and saw good quality, they saw what it means to the players.

“But ultimately they are football fans and they want to see their team win and they leave disappointed, so that’s very frustrating for us.”

There is no time for Rangers to dwell on their latest defeat, with Stoke visiting Loftus Road on Tuesday evening.

Michael O’Neill’s side sit eighth after a goalless draw at Derby on Saturday and will present a tough test for Warburton’s men, who slipped to 19th as a result of the weekend’s defeat.

QPR did the double over Stoke last season and will hope the visit of the Potters offers a chance to get this campaign back on track.

“The key thing now is we have to respond strongly,” said the R’s boss.

“We have got another tough test on Tuesday and we have to be up for that, absolutely.”