QPR manager Mark Warburton was 'bemused' when his side went 3-1 down away at Reading, but a miraculous comeback saw them rescue a 3-3 draw.

Michael Morrison's own goal had put the Rs ahead, but a hat-trick from John Swift saw Warburton's men go 3-1 down with just 13 minutes remaining.

However, Andre Gray pulled one back before Stefan Johansen found the equaliser in the first minute of added time to take the win away from the Royals.

Warburton said: "To find ourselves 3-1 down, that's bemusing, but that's football.


"We did dominate 35-40 minutes of the first half and got the goal from a good set-piece.

"We should have got more rewards because we looked very, very good against a dangerous team that never posed us a problem.

"Then, one little lapse of concentration, but what a response, they deserve so much praise, the players, for their never-say-die character."

"I say this full of respect for Reading, but I feel we have dropped two points – but if that's a bad day for us, then we are in good shape.

The draw extends QPR's unbeaten run to eight matches, and things appeared to have gotten off to the worst possible start for the Royals when Morrison bundled the ball into the back of his own net from a free-kick after 11 minutes.


Swift pulled the hosts level on 35 minutes after Alen Halilovic put a great cross into the box that dropped for the midfielder to find the back of the net.

The 26-year-old showed great skill in the box to find the bottom corner on the 64th minute, and he completed his hat-trick ten minutes later when he got on the end of Liam Moore's pass.

However, after Watford-loanee Gray got a goal back on his debut, Johansen broke the hearts of the home fans as he scored the rebound after Chris Willock's effort was saved.

Warburton added: "We've shown in the second half of last season what we are capable of by going on a really good run, and the boys deserve enormous credit for that.

"To then carry that on with a bit more expectation, again they deserve enormous praise.

"But this is a tough league, and if you don't turn up and don't prepare well, then you will get hurt.

"So far, we have shown good character and good quality, but the games are coming thick and fast now.

"The key thing for me is the fans because they are the barometer of how we are doing.