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McClaren: Performance better but not perfect

BOSS Steve McClaren was pleased with an improved performance but bitterly disappointed with the two decisions that lead to QPR’s 2-1 defeat against Sheffield United.

The R’s manager had called on his players this week to improve following their performance a week ago at Preston North End.

And the 57-year-old was encouraged by what he saw despite squandering a 1-0 lead courtesy of Eberechi Eze’s 29th-minute opener.

“I spoke last week about the performance,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. “I said you need to give a performance and fight for 90 minutes and you will get the rewards.

“We did that but unfortunately we didn’t get the rewards.

“We’ve lost to two bad goals. The first goal was offside and the second one I don’t see where he gets a penalty from, it’s good defending from our guys.

“We didn’t get the rewards for what was a better performance, not perfect, but better.

“This is a process, it’s going to take time. We are trying to give QPR an identity and this was a lot better than last week but no reward for it.”

QPR looked to be heading into the break with a one-goal lead before Billy Sharp levelled from close range two minutes before half-time.

And McClaren admitted it hit us hard.

He said: “Equalisers like that change the second half so often. Just before half-time gives the opponent the buoyancy.

“We were a bit deflated but I can’t fault the players. We made mistakes but we will get better and it’s important not to get too down.”

We didn’t get the rewards for what was a better performance, not perfect, but better.

Steve McClaren