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The Hoops manager was disappointed, while Martin O’Neill has praised his players’ commitment and explains that they are responding well to his style of management

QPR manager Neil Warnock joked that Sunderland's Christmas had come early after he felt his side were unlucky not to take any points from their 3-2 loss to the Black Cats at Loftus Road.

The visitors took a 2-0 lead into half-time, before Neil Warnock’s men battled back to 2-2. Wes Brown then scored a late header to clinch it for Martin O’Neill’s men.

But after coming so close to victory, Warnock lamented his side’s luck, telling his post-match press conference: “We lost three goals and I thought Christmas was on Sunday, I didn’t think it started tonight.”

However, the former Sheffield United manager claimed that he had identified the reasons for his side’s defeat, and would be looking to strengthen his side as early as possible during the January transfer window.

He continued: “I know how we lost it and it’s up to me to remedy it. The fans trust me, and they know I’ll sort it out, and it won’t take a lot of sorting.

“I am looking to improve in January and I know where I need to improve. The goals were terrible.”

Martin O’Neill was more upbeat about his side’s performance and explained that he is pleased with the response his players have shown since his appointment as successor of Steve Bruce.

“We’ve won two out of three and that is encouraging. They’re still getting to know what I demand and what I would want, and I’m demanding plenty of them.

“In the three performances, and I would include the one against a strong Tottenham side, the commitment has been there.”

The former Aston Villa boss went on to highlight the number of players his side committed to the opposition penalty area for crosses as a particularly pleasing feature of the match.

He continued: “We’ve had a number of chances tonight and just getting people into the penalty box was important. Two centre forwards played brilliantly, [Stephane] Sessegnon was absolutely fantastic.”

Unlike Warnock, O’Neill remained coy about potential dealings in the January transfer window, claiming that “neither party insisted on strengthening the squad” when he took over as manager.

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