- Karl Henry left 'absolutely gutted' by Preston's late equaliser
- Midfielder says performance shows QPR have turned a corner
- Henry says team feels really solid
KARL Henry was left ‘absolutely gutted’ by Preston’s late equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon, but the midfielder believes the nature of the performance shows QPR have turned a corner.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s men were on course to record their third win in a row after Sebastian Polter’s fifth-minute header gave Rangers the lead.
Henry was at his destructive best in the centre of the park, providing an excellent shield in front of the back four, limiting the hosts to not a single shot on target during the 90 minutes.
In injury time, however, Eoin Doyle headed the leveller to break QPR hearts.
“It felt like a loss, we are absolutely gutted that we didn’t manage to hang on,” Henry told www.qpr.co.uk
GOAL: Seb Polter heads QPR into an early lead at Preston
Tjaronn Chery had a great chance to double QPR’s lead prior to Doyle’s goal, but saw his effort saved by Anders Lindegaard, while Polter and Junior Hoilett also went close.
“Had we got a second it would have killed the game but for their goal, I could have done better,” said an honest Henry.
“I’ve gone out to close the guy down but I went out too quickly, I should have slowed down. It allowed him to get the cross in too easily.
“We had defended well all game, and in the second half if anyone was going to score I thought it would be us, but it wasn’t to be in the end.”
Polter’s early strike was his seventh goal of the season, and Henry said: “It was a really good header – a great corner and a great finish from Seb.
“It’s exactly what you want, but on the other hand when you score an early goal away from home, it’s only natural that you want to then hang onto it.
“Maybe that means we start inviting pressure, but that’s how the game panned out and you’ve got to deal with it. Fair play to Preston, they kept throwing everything at us and put more bodies on, high up the pitch.”
Since suffering a disappointing 2-0 defeat at MK Dons, the R’s have produced three excellent displays, beating Derby and Brentford before the draw against Preston, and Henry added: “Compared to the MK Dons game, at least this was a solid away performance and one we can build on.
“This is definitely a good period for us and it is clear to all that we have turned a corner.
“We feel really solid now. As a team all over the pitch we seem to have players who are playing well and gelling together.”
NO LET-UP: Henry says Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink won't let players take foot off the gas
The R’s have no game this weekend owing to international fixtures, and Henry believes it has come at a good time.
“A break can do you good and give you time to refresh,” he said. “We train hard. Something the manager has done since he’s come in is train us very, very hard. You get through it and you feel better for it, but having a break is a vital part of it.
“We’ll come back refreshed and ready to go, I’m sure. One thing the manager hasn’t allowed is for us to take the foot off the gas. We’re not going to go down, it’s looking unlikely now that we are going to make the play-offs, but there’s no complacency here.
“He wants us to keep going and keep winning games.”
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