GRANT Hall was as disappointed as everyone else with a QPR affiliation on Wednesday night as the R’s succumbed to a late Derby winner at Loftus Road – but he is confident results will come as performances improve.
Tom Ince scored the only goal of the game in the 86th minute to deny Ian Holloway’s men a share of the spoils.
Having turned in an impressive performance against the league’s most in-form team – Steve McClaren’s men have now won seven consecutive fixtures – Hall feels the squad should move on from the game with greater confidence in what they can do.
“I don’t think we deserved that, not at all,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.
“It was obviously very tough to take, especially for it to be right at the end. I felt we played well but it is hugely disappointing that we have lost another game.
“We’ve just got to make sure we move on quickly from this because the games are coming thick and fast for us.”
QPR enjoyed greater possession and more attempts on goal than their victors, and Hall added: “They are flying right now so to put in a performance like that against them is very promising.
“We have been working on things in training and I think we are getting to a place now where the manager wants us to be.
“It’s disappointing to lose the last four games but I do believe we are getting better as a team, and the results will come. We just need to get that first win to get us going again.
“We said to each other afterwards that we’ve just got to go again and keep believing in each other. It will turn. There’s loads of games left and there’s no reason why we can’t turn this around and put a run together.”
Hall was used as a defensive midfielder against Derby – having played in that role against Norwich City when the Canaries went down to ten men at Loftus Road during Ian Holloway’s first game back in the QPR dugout – and the 25 year-old was happy to be used in that position.
“I relished it,” he said. “Being in there next to Mass (Luongo) and Jordan (Cousins) allowed me to get on the ball and play, so I enjoyed it.
“I played in midfield when I was younger – a few years ago now – but the gaffer believes I can play there, so I’m happy to step in and do that.”
Following the final whistle against Derby, the players were applauded off the pitch by the R’s fans who recognised the spirited, hard-working and attack-minded display the team produced.
“They stuck with us and clapped us off at the end which was great to see,” Hall said. “It will have been massively disappointing for the fans, and we’re hurting just as much as them.”
The R’s don’t have too long to lick their wounds with the arrival of Aston Villa to west London on Sunday.
Steve Bruce’s side are 13th in the table following their 1-0 loss at Norwich on Tuesday night, and with the Villans targeting an immediate return to the top flight, they will be just as desperate to get back to winning ways as Rangers.
“It’s another big game for us on Sunday and a chance for us to put things right,” Hall said.
“I’ve been saying that we seem to perform better against the ‘bigger’ teams. We need to be doing this against the teams lower in the table as well.
“But if we can put on the performance we produced against Derby when we play Villa, I see no reason why we can’t win the game.”
I played in midfield when I was younger – a few years ago now – but the gaffer believes I can play there.