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09:00 16th January 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Ladies boss reflects on Millwall defeat ...

QPR LADIES boss Martino Chevannes rued an opportunity missed after Sunday’s slim 1-0 defeat to Millwall.

The R's came unstuck for the fifth successive league outing despite matching the joint table-toppers for long periods.

Josie Elliot's 55th minute strike proved the visitors' match-winner as the R's boss was left to reflect on another frustrating afternoon at full-time.

“Missed opportunities cost us," Chevannes told

“We’ve come off the pitch disappointed because we feel we deserved all three points. 

“Again today we’ve played some lovely football, competed and for any neutral here you wouldn’t have known which team was at the top of the league and which was at the bottom. 

“Credit to the players for that but again today is an opportunity missed to close the gap on the teams above us in the table.”

Wayward finishing cost Rangers dear as Katie O’Leary and Sophie Fogarty were both guilty of spurning gilt-edged chances in front of goal.

Chevannes couldn’t fault his players for their application, though, but is all too aware their failures in the final third are becoming a worryingly recurring theme.

“It’s hard to take to be honest,” he added. “It’s really difficult because they’re doing everything we’re asking of them, giving all the effort, enthusiasm and determination and we’ve come away with nothing. 

“We need to start scoring goals because it’s becoming a habit. 

“Every game we create a hatful of chances but we’re struggling to put them away.”

Defeat to the Lionesses was an all-too familiar feeling for Chevannes and co. after the R’s came away empty-handed from the side’s earlier league meeting.

Rangers lost 2-0 in the reverse fixture on another day when the Hoops deserved more. 

“It followed a similar pattern to when we played them away earlier in the season, exactly the same,” Chevannes said.

“We’ve given them two of their toughest games this season yet they’ve gone home with all three points again.”

Defeat on Sunday leaves the R’s three points adrift at the bottom of next-placed Lewes, whom they welcome this weekend.

Chevannes knows victory is of paramount importance and is confident his side will be ready for the occasion.

“This defeat puts a bit more pressure on the players but we need to take the positives from it,” he said. 

“The players need to look at themselves and realise if they play like they did today again next week, we’ll have every chance of getting something out of the game.

“We’ve got a couple of training sessions before then to work on our finishing and hopefully that will stand us in good stead for next Sunday.”

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