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McClaren: It was one hell of a battle

STEVE McClaren shared his disappointment after QPR suffered a narrow defeat at promotion-chasing Sheffield United on Saturday.

David McGoldrick’s first-half goal was all that separated the sides at Bramall Lane, where the visitors restricted their usually free-scoring hosts to few clear-cut chances.

At the other end, though, Rangers fell short in their search for an equaliser as the R’s six-game unbeaten run came to an end.

“I’m disappointed because we gave them a great game,” McClaren told www.qpr.co.uk. “It was one hell of a battle.

“Two good teams went toe to toe, slugged it out and one goal ultimately decided it.

“There wasn’t much in the game. I thought our shape, the way we defended, was magnificent. But we didn’t show enough quality in the final third and you don’t win games unless you score – unfortunately we failed to do that.

“It’s a narrow defeat, we’re dealing with narrow margins, and they didn’t go our way today.”

McClaren was left to rue the goal which decided matters.

McGoldrick’s 37th-minute header was one of only two efforts on target United managed during the 90 minutes, but the R’s boss couldn’t fault his side’s effort.

“We’re disappointed to concede the way we did,” he said. “We talked about how they score goals like that before the game and worked on it.

“But I thought the boys started well, recovered well from going behind and gave it a real go especially in the second half.”

Defeat is the R’s first in seven, and McClaren is keen to bounce back when we welcome Preston North End to W12 next weekend.

He added: “It’s disappointing to end our run – we’ve got to start another one next week.

“We competed well here today but we move on quickly as you do in the Championship and focus on Preston.”

It’s disappointing to end our run – we’ve got to start another one next week.

Steve McClaren