JACK Robinson found Friday night’s 2-1 defeat against Fulham at Loftus Road tough to take after QPR produced a performance which many felt was worthy of at least a share of the spoils.
The Cottagers emerged victorious after an unfortunate Robinson own goal and a Stefan Johansen effort gave them a 2-0 lead before Conor Washington’s injury-time strike for the R’s.
Rangers had 25 shots on goal – more than double Fulham’s tally of 12 – and received a standing ovation from the R’s faithful at the final whistle, despite the loss.
“The fans could see we were at Fulham from the first minute,” Robinson told www.qpr.co.uk.
“We had so many shots, so many chances but we just couldn’t finish them off.
“It just wasn’t dropping for us, they were getting blocks in, and then at the other end their first goal goes in off my leg! It was just unlucky but that seems to be how we are at the minute, unlucky.”
Fulham’s opener in the 41st minute was largely against the run of play, and manager Ian Holloway encouraged his players to maintain their effort and approach.
“At half-time the gaffer just said for us to carry on as we were because we were getting in down the sides and we were creating chances,” Robinson added.
“When we pulled one back through Conor I was sure we would get the draw. You look at our games against Millwall and Barnsley where we scored late to take something from them, and I thought we would do it again against Fulham.
“Freesy (Luke Freeman) had one which was saved, and we had one cleared off the line as well, it just wouldn’t drop for us.
“The lads afterwards were disappointed we lost but we weren’t down because we were happy with the performance.
“The fans seemed happy with the performance so we should be too.
“We have to take the positives, think about how well we played and then make sure we take that into Sunderland after the international break.”
Robinson continued to impress in his role at the centre of a back three. While rightly proud of his own display, it’s the very fact he is out on the pitch which is pleasing the 24 year-old most.
Prior to this season, the former Liverpool man had only made eight appearances in the previous two years for QPR due to injury.
Friday night’s game against Fulham was his ninth this season – and his sixth in the space of 20 days.
“I am happy with how I’m playing,” Robinson said.
“People were saying to me in the dressing room after the Fulham game that I played well and that’s nice, but I am literally just happy to be playing.
“It’s been a hard couple of years, so to get through that run of games is a massive thing for me.
“That’s six in a row now and I didn’t expect that at all at the start of the season so to get that behind me is an unbelievable feeling.”