QPR manager Mark Warburton has told Lyndon Dykes to come off social media as his tough run in front of goal continues.

The Scotland striker hasn’t scored since November ahead of World Cup qualifiers this month. QPR fans have voiced their opinions online about Dykes but Warburton is urging him to avoid the noise in the wake of a 3-1 Championship defeat to Barnsley in which he missed a big chance.

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Tough run at QPR. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Warburton said: “There’s no doubt that the strikers are guilty of reading social media. They live on their confidence. They want to score goals, it gives him the confidence and strikers are judged on the amount of goals.

“Should he score early on? He knows he should score. Of course he should score. He’s a very talented boy having a tough run at the moment. But I’ve seen many players go through these runs and come out the other side stronger.”

“Barnsley are very good at what they do. They’re direct, commit bodies forward and take risks at the back. We had to time our runs and not play to their strengths. In the first 10 minutes we did that and created a couple of great chances. We’ve got to get our rewards.

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Midweek defeat. (Photo by Ian Randall/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“We’ve got to be better in front of goal. If you give away set pieces and don’t take your own rewards, you pay the price. If you score the goal it changes the game because the opponent then have to come out and attack and we’d have space and are a team that likes to move the ball.”

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