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Jake Bidwell's Barnsley frustration

JAKE Bidwell's frustration as he left the away dressing room at Barnsley on Wednesday night was clear to see.

Along with his team-mates, Bidwell was evidently annoyed with how QPR's match at Oakwell unfolded.

After the hosts took a fourth-minute lead through Marley Watkins, the R's got themselves back into the game courtesy of a Tjaronn Chery penalty shortly after the break.

With 16 minutes remaining, Seb Polter scored QPR's second spot-kick of the night, and looked to have preserved the visitors' 100 per cent start to the campaign.

A Conor Hourihane free-kick drew the Tykes level, however, before Josh Scowen scored an 89th minute winner for Paul Heckingbottom's side.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was angered by the award of the free-kick for Barnsley's leveller, and the failure for a push on Grant Hall to be punished in the lead up to the eventual match-winning goal.

And it was clear those views were shared by his players.

"We are obviously disappointed," Bidwell told "To come away from home, score two goals and have nothing to show for it is tough - normally when you do that, it will get you the win.

"Things out of our control contributed to two of their goals but we are not allowed to talk about that, so I'll say no more on it."

Barnsley certainly started this game the brighter of the two sides, and Rangers had to ride the storm following Watkins' early goal. And that is something Bidwell felt he and his team-mates had managed to do.

"Once we went one down so early, it was just important for us that we stayed in the game, and we did that," he said.

"Of course, we know we need to start games better than we did but we seemed to have seen it out, and turned the game in our favour in the second half.

"Looking at it, we know we can play better than that."

While bitterly disappointed with the result, and the manner of it, Bidwell says the players need to put it to the back of their minds as quickly as possible.

Having made almost 100 appearances in the Championship to date, the 23 year-old left back knows dusting yourself down is a key ingredient to success in this division. And that's what the Rangers squad will be looking to do ahead of the arrival of Preston to Loftus Road this weekend.

"We are all frustrated but we have to forget about it now and make sure we are ready for Saturday," he said. "That's what the Championship is all about - we only have to wait three days for the next game.

"We have made a decent start to the season and this result is our first hic-cup. There are going to be more along the way, and what matters now is how we react to this.

"The Barnsley game is gone. Obviously it would have been nice to pick up the three points but we have to put that behind us now and focus on Preston."

Looking at it, we know we can play better than that.

Jake Bidwell