QPR defender Jake Bidwell echoed manager Ian Holloway’s sentiments following Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat against Aston Villa – insisting Rangers didn’t get what they deserved at Villa Park.
Trailing early on to Jonathan Kodjia’s well-taken goal, the R’s responded with an all-action second half display, only to fail to make the most of their territorial dominance, as Steve Bruce’s side held on for the slenderest of victories.
“It was a massive improvement from Friday’s defeat to Derby,” Bidwell told www.qpr.co.uk.
“Sometimes you don’t get what you deserve in football, but we will take massive heart from the performance, especially in the second half.
“If we perform like that until the end of the season, we’ll pick up plenty more points.”
He added: “They scored a good goal which caught us cold early on, but other than that, I don’t remember Al (Smithies) having anything more to do really.
“It’s a disappointing feeling because I felt we did enough to earn a draw at the very least.
“But like I say, if we carry this performance level forward, we’ll be fine and will continue to move forward.”
Rangers totally dominated proceedings in the second period in the Midlands, and Bidwell believes that’s a sign of how far the R’s have progressed since the turn of the year under Ian Holloway.
“It was wave after wave of attacks in our favour in the second half,” he said.
“That shows how far we’ve come, especially when you look back to the last time we played them.
“As a squad, we feel we’re improving and moving forward.
“We’ve been on a good run of late. These two defeats won’t dampen our spirits.
“We’ll look to go on another run, starting on Friday night.
“That’s the good thing about the league - we’ve got another quick chance to get a positive result.”
Promotion-chasing Brighton & Hove Albion are next up for Bidwell and co. in front of the live Sky Sports cameras on Friday evening and the R’s left-back is expecting another tough test at Loftus Road.
“Brighton will be another tough game, that’s for sure,” he said.
“They’ll be looking to get over the promotion line as quickly as possible.
“They’ll come here all guns blazing.
“But we’ll work on our game plan over the next day or so, and hopefully put another performance in that this time earns us what we deserve.
“We won’t let these last two defeats get us down – we’ll be ready for Brighton and it’s a game to really look forward to.”