PAUL Hall was less than pleased with his QPR Under-23 side after Monday’s 4-1 defeat to Sheffield United.
Two goals in as many minutes from the visitors on the quarter-hour mark – the first from the penalty spot – set the tone at Harlington, where Rangers struggled to get going for the most part.
The lead was extended to four with another quick-fire double, before Ebere Eze provided a late consolation for Hall’s side.
“We didn’t stick to our programmes,” he told www.qpr.co.uk after the final whistle. “If enough people aren’t sticking to their programmes, then it usually ends in a loss.
“It’s about working on your individual objectives, and I don’t think enough of them did that.
“They had more desire and intent than what we did, and that ended up in them dictating the game for large parts. Towards the end we were dictating play but it’s easy to do that when you’re 4-1 down because the pressure’s off.”
Particularly disappointing for Hall and co was the manner of his side’s defending, which has now conceded 10 times in their last two outings.
“They didn’t have to work too hard to score their goals,” Hall said. “We had to literally pull a rabbit out of a hat to score ours!
“We were a bit of a soft touch – we were last week too [at Bolton Wanderers] so that needs to be addressed.”
Amongst the spectators at Harlington was Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Hall knows his young side must learn from their mistakes on Monday if they want to catch the manager’s eye.
“When you’re in front of the manager and the First Team staff, and there’s spectators watching, you need to be able to put in a performance,” he said. “That’s what they’d expect at Loftus Road.
“You can’t afford to not play well.”
One consolation at least was the goal from Eze; taking his tally to five for the season.
His goal was the result of some good work from substitute Ody Alfa, who followed up his winner for the Under-18s on Saturday with an impressive cameo off the bench for the Under-23s.
“Later on there were some plusses,” Hall admitted. “Young Ody Alfa did well again down the left-hand side and has put pressure on people.
“Ebere scored again and showed that he can get the ball and find those gaps, and be that link between midfield and the forward.
“There were some plusses, however there were too many minuses where people weren’t working on their own personal development plans.”
Rangers next travel to Huddersfield Town on Sunday (kick-off 2pm).