QPR boss Ian Holloway admitted he was fuming with the R’s second half display in Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat to Derby County.
Having competed well for 45 minutes, Rangers conceded on the stroke of half-time, with Matej Vydra slotting home from a quick counter-attack.
That proved to be the catalyst for a forgettable second period from the visitors, who conceded a second goal on 53 minutes, as Tom Lawrence fired home from the edge of the box.
A dejected Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk: “The goal on the stroke of half-time was crucial, of course it was, but I’m fed up of saying that.
“I thought it was offside at the time, but I’m told it wasn’t, but we should have defended it better.
“It was a ball down the line that we should have dealt with.
“The whole game turned on that.
“That knocked the stuffing out of us and the second half wasn’t anywhere near good enough.
“I’m fuming with that second half performance.
“It feels worse than a 2-0 defeat because we looked beat - and beat well in that second half.
“I’m fuming with them after that. We’ve spoken about it and we’ll speak about it again tomorrow as we turn our focus to Brentford (on Monday).”
Despite the defeat, Holloway was encouraged by his side’s first half display, right up until the R’s conceded in stoppage-time.
“We caused them problems for 45 minutes,” he said.
“We competed well and were getting to grips with the game and frustrating them at the same time.
“But it came down to our game-management on the stroke of half-time.
“The whole game turned on that.”
Joel Lynch is the latest name to be added to the R’s injury woes at the back, with Holloway confirming the defender left Pride Park in a protective boot.
“We’ll have to look at Lynchy tomorrow,” he said.
“He’s left the stadium in a protective boot.
“We’re down to the bare minimum now. We’re woefully short at the minute.”