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If we can’t win, we must make sure we don’t lose

YOANN Barbet admitted QPR weren’t at their best against Preston on Wednesday night, but stressed on nights like that it is important you take something from the game.

In wet and blustery conditions in Lancashire, the R’s ground out a goalless draw with the Lilywhites and in doing so extended their away form to seven games unbeaten – a feat last achieved by the R’s during our Championship-winning campaign of 2010/11.

“We have kept our run going and have a clean sheet too but if you went into the changing room after the game you would think we had lost the match,” Barbet said afterwards.

“We have got used to winning and when you feel like that, you want to keep it going.

“It is frustrating not to get the three points. I am not saying we deserved to win because both teams had chances and it was a scrappy match.

“We had one or two big chances but so did they. It was difficult conditions but it is a point at the end of the day and we might need that come the end of the season.”

Barbet admitted the mindset at half-time in the away dressing room at Deepdale was to make sure we left the ground with something to show for our night’s work.

“We recognised we weren’t at our best but we said at a minimum we had to make sure we didn’t lose the match,” said the Frenchman.

“It is not a step backwards for us because it’s a good away point but when you have won four games in a row you want to keep that going.

“But winning at home against Bournemouth and drawing away is a good week and we need to go to Birmingham on Saturday full of confidence.”

The shut-out at Preston was QPR’s fourth in eight games, while the R’s haven’t conceded more than one goal in any of their last nine league fixtures, a stat in stark contrast to last season.

The form of Barbet in a back three has been a big factor in that recent mean streak.

“As a unit we are doing very well defensively and having three at the back has made a big difference for us,” said the 27-year-old.

“With Geoff (Cameron), Rob (Dickie), the wingbacks and Seny (Dieng) behind us, we are building a good partnership.

Asked about his own form in particular, Barbet said: “In the recent games I feel I have been quite good.

“I was a bit up and down at the start of the season and wasn’t quite happy with how I was doing.

“Consistency is the key and in the last two months I have been pleased with how I have been doing, but I was disappointed with my performance against Preston, especially on the ball.

“I know I can do better, but defensively I feel I did the job and as a team we kept that clean sheet.

“We need to continue in this way, play with confidence and we will see where that takes us at the end of the season.”

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As a unit we are doing very well defensively and having three at the back has made a big difference .

Yoann Barbet