Warnock pleased after cup exit

BY foxsports • August 24, 2011

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Gary Jones fired a goal in each half to book the npower League One club a place in the third round. Warnock showed his regard for the competition by making eight changes to the side that won at Everton and was frustrated to see one of survivors, Bradley Orr, limp off with a groin injury. QPR supporters seemed to share their manager's low opinion of the Carling Cup as only 4,775 turned up. "I don't think people do care about the competition and you've got to look at why," said Warnock. "We've lost an influential player who played really well on Saturday in Bradley Orr. For what? We're not going to win the cup." When asked if he was pleased to be out, Warnock replied: "Yes. I know it's sad, but they should revamp the competition. "The FA Cup's a different ball game and I want to try to win it this year. I like the FA Cup so we'll field a strong team in it." Rochdale manager Steve Eyre refuted Warnock's suggestion that QPR had written off the Carling Cup. "Neil didn't say before the game that he doesn't take it seriously," he said. "To field a front line that has Adel Taarabt and Jay Bothroyd tells me it was taken quite seriously. "It's still a fantastic competition. Wembley is an amazing place to play football. "We're not going to start saying we're going to the Carling Cup final, but I can't believe a player wouldn't want to play at Wembley. "I spoke to Neil after the game and we shook hands. I think he's a fantastic man. I know he's someone I can call on and respect. "What he say goes because he's done plenty more than I have. "I'm very proud of my players and we're delighted to be in the next round." Warnock distanced himself from reports he hopes to sign Joe Cole and Peter Crouch and revealed he has not made a second bid for Scott Parker. "I'd love Joe Cole and Peter Crouch but I don't think they'll be at QPR," he said. "It's nice to be linked with people like that. When Crouch was first mentioned I didn't think we could afford one of his shoe laces. "I've only made one enquiry for Scott Parker and haven't been in since. We have a number of options and I'm optimistic about them."

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