QPR defender Dominic Ball has praised his club’s start to the Championship season, but says they have yet to produce a performance that represents 100% of what they are capable of.
Under new manager Mark Warburton, Rangers have enjoyed an impressive start to the campaign, winning five and drawing one of their opening nine league games of the season, although Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to West Brom saw them drop out of the top six and down to ninth in the Championship.
Despite that, Ball has still been impressed by his new side’s start to the season, even though he does feel as though there is still more to come.
Speaking to West London Sport, the summer signing from Rotherham United revealed: “I think we have had a very good season – a very good season so far. I think, as a team, we still know we have not had a 100% performance.”
Discussing what he believes has been his side’s standout performance so far this season, the 24-year-old continued: “I think if you look at the Luton game, the first half was probably our best half of football. We should have been 6-0 up.
“We are due a game like that, but going up against West Brom I think we can critically analyse ourselves and say, ‘You know what? We are not there yet, we have got to improve in a lot of areas’, and that is what we will be doing in training this week.”
It does seem as though West Brom themselves made an impression on Ball on Saturday, as he added: “I think they are definitely one of the better sides we have played against and they did have that experience – coming here, getting a clean sheet and scoring the goals they did.
“We are still a new team, we are still developing and finding out about each other.”
QPR will look to bounce back from that defeat to the Baggies on Wednesday night, when they travel to Wales to take on Cardiff City.
I do find myself agreeing with Ball here.
In all honesty, I didn’t really expect QPR to enjoy the sort of start to the season that they have done, particularly when consider the way they ended the previous campaign.
The fact that they have responded well to the end of last season, therefore feels like a testament to the impact summer managerial appointment Mark Warburton has had at the club.
Defeat to a side like West Brom isn’t something they should be too disheartened about, and the fact that the squad still seems to feel they have more to give should be a big source of encouragement for them, given what they have already done this season.