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Leistner: We can play better than we showed

TONI Leistner believes this QPR side are capable of playing far better than they showed against Preston on Saturday afternoon.

The R’s lost their opening game of the season 1-0 at Deepdale, a game which saw summer-arrival Leistner wear the captain’s armband.

And the towering centre-back pulled no punches as he assessed the display following the final whistle in Lancashire.

“It wasn’t our best performance – even though we defended well,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.

“The goal we conceded was crazy. The free-kick came over and it was a bad goal for us to concede. It shouldn’t have happened.

“I think we can do better – we can play a better style of football. We showed that in pre-season but we couldn’t show that against Preston, unfortunately.”

Steve McClaren handed the captain’s armband to Leistner and it was a responsibility he was honoured to accept.

“I’m really proud,” he said. “I’m a new player who has only been here for five or six weeks, but it gives me a lot of pride to captain this football club.

“The manager has told me that he feels that I’m a leader and I hope that I can lead the team on to great things on the pitch with my performances.

“I will always give 100 percent in every match.”

After a solid pre-season campaign for the team which included an impressive draw against Hoffenheim and a 3-0 win over FC Union Berlin, Leistner admitted: “Preston play a high-pressing game and we didn’t do what we’ve been practicing on the training pitch.

“But I think next week we’ll play a better style of football.”

The R’s host Sheffield United on Saturday, and Leistner added: “I think we’ll show a better performance.

“We’ll train hard and I’m confident we can win the game.”

I think we can do better – we can play a better style of football.

Toni Leistner