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McClaren makes no excuses for poor showing

QPR manager Steve McClaren made no excuses for his sides poor showing as his side suffered a 4-1 defeat against Preston North End.

The R’s boss didn’t pull any punches following his sides second successive defeat in the Sky Bet Championship.

“That’s the first time the boys have really disappointed for a long while,” McClaren told www.qpr.co.uk.

“No excuses, we were poor in every department from start to finish.

“Preston started aggressively and we couldn’t cope with that. They deserved the win. We deserved nothing today; it was a bad day at the office for everybody.

“We’ve had a great run and good performances, but that was disappointing. All we can do is get back to work on Monday and put it right next week.”

Rangers found themselves behind after just 14 minutes when a defensive mix-up between Joe Lumley and Josh Scowen allowed Jayden Stockley to score from the edge of the box.

Jordan Storey then scored in the second half for the visitors before Alan Browne’s back post header made it 3-0 eight minutes from time.

Matt Smith did pull a goal back late on but the Lilywhites completed their routing almost immediately after when Brad Potts volleyed home.

“We were well-beaten on the day,” McClaren continued. “We have to take it, look at the reasons why and we have to get back to what we were doing. We failed in every department.

“That wasn’t us. We need to be 100% at it. The players need to be between 7-9 in their performance and we had too many today below that. If you don’t perform, you don’t win football matches. It’s a harsh lesson for us but maybe one we needed. We’ve been going well, now we have to get back to it.

“We knew Preston have been our bogey team. We’ve broken hoodoos before this season, but we couldn’t do it today.”

No excuses, we were poor in every department from start to finish.

Steve McClaren