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McClaren: No excuses, we were poor

STEVE McClaren made no excuses, admitting his side were poor against Rotherham United following their 2-1 defeat at Loftus Road.

QPR were second best against the Millers in W12 and found themselves behind after 71 minutes.

However, when Bright Osayi-Samuel levelled five minutes from time the R’s looked to have rescued a point until Semi Ajayi headed in a stoppage-time winner for the visits.

“There are no excuses, we were poor tonight, we gave away and too many free kicks in bad areas and in the end that cost us,” McClaren told www.qpr.co.uk.

“We didn’t create enough, play enough football or pass the ball well enough.

“We thought we’d rescued a point with Pawel (Wszolek) coming on and Bright (Osayi-Samuel) scoring but it wasn’t good enough.

“Since the Leeds game, we have been poor. We’ve got to start picking up points and getting back to those high points - that was only two weeks ago.”

Rangers, who have taken just five points from a possible 36 since the turn of the year, looked low of confidence as Darnell Furlong conceded a late free-kick and Ajayi punished the R’s with a close-range header.

“You saw the confidence in the players was lacking,” he said. “At times we were overzealous. Rotherham are dangerous on set plays, we knew that we talked about that.

“You knew at the end when we gave a free kick away in a stupid area that they have big guys and we didn’t defend it.

“We’ve no excuses, we’ve been poor, we’re better than that and it’s back to work tomorrow ahead of a tough trip to Hull and we have to get a result.”

You saw the confidence in the players was lacking.

Steve McClaren