Date: 6th August 2018 at 9:00am
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With a 1-0 defeat to Preston North End at Deepdale for Queens Park Rangers as we opened the 2018/19 Championship campaign, the fall out from the result was pretty inevitable really.

It was a poor performance and there was no hiding from that – the hosts dominated chances and possession on the day but there were some small crumbs of comfort for QPR fans that manager Steve McClaren will be desperate to build on.

Whether those crumbs of comfort are enough to change the season and change the direction fans feel we are moving in, after only one game has been played, remains a debate though.

McClaren himself told the Official Site in his post-game press conference that clearly the side ‘didn’t do enough’ to get a result from the match but for however bad we may have been at points, maybe I’m trying to be positive, but when you look at the stats a positive is they only got three efforts on target so there is a base to build from.

“You can have all the games in pre-season but you really find out about your team in the first match of the season. This was always going to be a very difficult game and we lost it on a set-play. We defended quite well and Matt Ingram only had one save to make but we didn’t do enough to win the game.”

We had chances of our own, even if they were at a premium and McClaren felt that we needed to take the ‘shackles’ off in our play – more confidence, greater belief – call it what you will.

“We need to release the shackles and go and play like we know we can.”

Fans had a different take on things as they took to social media to express their disappointment and thoughts at what the game really showed.

 

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