ALE FAURLIN cut a forlorn figure when he arrived at Harlington for training on Monday morning, and admitted he was still baffled as to how QPR lost at Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.
Rangers produced a stunning first-half performance to lead 1-0 at the break thanks to a Bobby Zamora strike, but left the Lane empty-handed after a Faurlin own goal and Jermain Defoe effort turned the match in Spurs’ favour.
“In the first half we looked like the home side against a very hard team,” Faurlin told www.qpr.co.uk.
“They tried to put pressure on us after half-time but if that own goal had not happened I don’t believe they would have won the game.
“That goal had a massive impact on us for two or three minutes and in this time we lost the match.”
The hosts’ leveller came when Steven Caulker’s looping header from a Gareth Bale corner hit Faurlin on the back and dropped into the corner of the Rangers net.
Faurlin – who produced a scintillating performance in midfield alongside Esteban Granero and Ji-Sung Park – said: “I must have seen the goal a hundred times on Sunday night and I still can’t believe it.
“For one fraction of a second I lost sight of the ball because some players jumped in front of me, and in that moment I took the wrong decision. It was my mistake, my fault. It is very frustrating.
“Sometimes these things will happen in football and we were unlucky. But we must keep positive and continue to improve in every game.
“We know football is about results and we need results, but we have plenty of confidence and we believe that if we keep playing this way we will get the wins we want.”
It was thanks to Faurlin’s vision and cleverly-disguised pass that Rangers took the lead on 34 minutes. He found the in-form Zamora, who lifted the ball into the roof of the net for his fourth goal of the season.
“I am glad to have played a positive part in that,” Faurlin said. “To be honest, I thought it was a good performance from everyone.
“Ryan Nelsen was ill all week and was incredible, Kieron Dyer was super, Nedum Onuoha changed position and was still brilliant, Junior (Hoilett) as well. Everyone, they played great.
“But the Premier League is like this, this is how it works. Sometimes you perform like we did yesterday and you get nothing from the game.
“For the fans I know how frustrated they are and can understand if they find it difficult to look at the bigger picture but we are all very confident here.
“The football we are playing is lovely. It starts from the back and we are a very confident team. We know what we are doing and things are starting to work.
“We are understanding what the gaffer wants and we are happy with the progress we are making.
“We have a very strong squad here but we know we need results now and we will work very hard for that.”