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McClaren: We need to get back to basics

STEVE McClaren says QPR need to get back to basics in order to address their recent slump in form.

After their impressive win over Leeds United on Tuesday night, the R’s went down 3-0 at Brentford with second-half goals from Neil Maupay (pen), Said Benrahma and Sergi Canos sealing the points for the hosts.

Maupay converted from the spot five minutes after the interval, and McClaren told www.qpr.co.uk: “The first goal in a local derby is always the most important.

“We said in the first half that we wanted to set our stall out. We had opportunities in that first half but didn’t handle the ball very well. We said at half-time that at 0-0 we were where we wanted to be.

“We knew they would come on strong at the start of the second half but we felt if we could survive that we would go on and win the game.”

The penalty was awarded for a foul by Grant Hall on Ollie Watkins, and McClaren added: “Whether it was harsh or not, at 1-0 down you are chasing the game and when you do that you are going to leave yourself open, which we never did in the first half.

“In the end the game fizzled out.”

McClaren was frustrated with the response of his R’s team to going a goal down, admitting: “As elated with them as I was on Tuesday after the win against Leeds, I am very, very disappointed with the second half and the way we finished the game.

“At half-time I was delighted but we didn’t handle the ball well at all and that’s the big disappointment for me. We didn’t play football today.”

After a period of nine games in 28 days, McClaren has a week to work with his players before next Saturday’s home game with Stoke City and he admitted: “We need to get back to basics.

“Those basics in recent weeks have been up and down. We have really competed, but we haven’t done the basics right and we need to get back to that.

“That means hard work on the training ground.”

The first goal in a local derby is always the most important.

Steve McClaren
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