QPR suffered a late defeat at the hands of Bristol City as the Robins scored in stoppage time to grab all three points.
QPR have made a positive start to the 21/22 season and were unbeaten until back-to-back defeats and this was a game QPR will be wondering how they didn’t win.
Lyndon Dykes spurned two chances for the home side in a game where Bristol City have their goalkeeper Daniel Bentley to thank.
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But manager Mark Warburton has stayed positive, telling the Brent & Kilburn Times that his players are going in the right direction: “The message to the players is to not lose sight of the fact that we’re going in the right direction. We’re a very good team.
“We’ve got to go under the radar, keep playing our football, and just be a bit more ruthless. You can see we’re a good team.
“We’re creating chances and scoring goals – our goal difference tells you that. We’re creating chances against good teams both home and away.”
But QPR did enjoy the vast majority of the chances in the game, taking 26 shots compared to Bristol City’s nine over the course of the 90 minutes: “The stats tell you we dominated the second half.
“It’s about goals. We’ve spoken so many times about that – we’ve got to be ruthless. But when we create that many chances we know we’re a good team.”
QPR now sit eighth in the Championship table, and are next in action when they face Everton in the League Cup on Tuesday night.
QPR will certainly rue their missed chances, but sharpening up defensively should also be an area QPR needs to improve upon.
Mark Warburton’s side have conceded seven in their last three games and opposition sides have found it all too easy to score against QPR of late.
They’re giving sides head starts too often and if they’re not putting their chances away, picking up points will become very difficult as the season goes on.
Indeed, if they do that, then the squad they have put together should have the quality and experience to prove Warburton right with his assessment that the club are moving in the right direction.