Queens Park Rangers summer signing Toni Leistner has admitted that the side can certainly play better than it did in our opening Championship match against Preston North End at the weekend – and more importantly he’s promised that we will.
— QPR FC (@QPR) August 5, 2018
The 27-year-old made the switch to us from Bundesliga II side Union Berlin over the summer and he was making his competitive debut in the 2018/19 opener, but despite his own efforts, we didn’t keep the clean sheet as we fell to a 1-0 defeat.
Wearing the armband for the game and skippering the side he was refreshingly honest as he spoke to the Official Site following the fulltime whistle and that’s only going to win him fans in the long run.
“It wasn’t our best performance – even though we defended well. The goal we conceded was crazy. The free-kick came over and it was a bad goal for us to concede. It shouldn’t have happened. I think we can do better – we can play a better style of football. We showed that in pre-season but we couldn’t show that against Preston, unfortunately.”
Little to disagree with really, the poor performance did have positives but the goal we eventually let in was kind of schoolboyish but ultimately it’s only down to the players to change that.
Leistner went on to say all the right things about wanting to give his all and his honour at wearing the armband. He does sound genuine even if it’s a little bit of a PR script in my humble but that’s for others to decide.
“Preston play a high-pressing game and we didn’t do what we’ve been practising on the training pitch. But I think next week we’ll play a better style of football.”
Turning his attention to Sheffield United, he added he was confident we would win, improve our showing and pick up all three points.