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Polter: We must add calmness to our fighting spirit

SEB Polter believes QPR need to add calmness to their game after Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Preston.

Having made an excellent start to the 2016/17 campaign, defeat to the Lilywhites was the second in the space of three days after the 3-2 loss at Barnsley.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has built a very hard-working squad at Loftus Road, but Polter explained: “It’s not always about fighting and working hard – you sometimes have to be calm on the ball and settle into the game.

“We will always battle to win the games but it’s not just about fighting. You need shots on target and we didn’t really do that against Preston.”

“It was not a good day for us.”

Polter admitted Hasselbaink was far from happy following the game, and added: “He wasn’t the only one – we were all very angry.

“If you are not angry after a defeat like that, then you are not really a professional footballer.

“We made mistakes at Barnsley and we didn’t learn from that. That is my view on it, but it is important we talk about this, communication is important. This is how we will improve and come back stronger.”

The R’s have picked up six points from their opening four league games, but Polter says it is still far too early to suggest where the team could finish this campaign.

“It is still the beginning of the season, you cannot say now we will go up, we will go down, we will be in the middle,” he said.

“There are 42 games to go. We have to take each match on its own, and we must keep going.

“We are all disappointed but we have to think about what we can do better because we have another important game on Tuesday night.”

QPR host Rochdale in the second round of the EFL Cup at Loftus Road, and Polter says it is vital that the team respond in the right way to the two recent results.

“It doesn’t matter who we are playing against, we need to show a reaction,” he said. “The result of that match is important and we have to stick together and improve for that game.”

We made mistakes at Barnsley and we didn’t learn from that.

Sebastian Polter