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QPR boss McClaren feels his side were hard done by in Norwich defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 September 2018

Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McClaren (pic: John Walton/PA)

Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McClaren (pic: John Walton/PA)

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Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McClaren feels his side didn’t deserve to lose 1-0 to Norwich City at Loftus Road on Saturday, writes Jacob Ranson.

A 70th-minute goal from Teemu Pukki sealed the three points for the Canaries against an R’s side who offered very little going forward

“It was very harsh, we didn’t deserve that,” the 57-year-old said.

“We deserved more. We didn’t deserve to lose, and it was a typical third game in a week. You could see that.

“Lot of endeavour, lot of attitude, two very good teams, I think.

“Norwich dominated the first half an hour but once we started to get on top of them and pressed them a little bit more we got hold of it, second half especially, and I could only see one winner.”

The former FC Twente boss believes both sides lacked quality in the final third but Daniel Farke’s side got a lucky bounce to win the match.

“In these kinds of games you’ve got to have luck, you’ve got to have that quality, that little edge, and there wasn’t any real quality in the finishing and the final third.

“They got a lucky goal, a richochet off (Toni) Leistner’s toe and straight onto his (Teemu Pukki) chest, we didn’t get the penalty we deserved at the end.”

He also felt they should have been awarded a penalty late on when midfielder Massimo Luongo was pulled down inside the box.

“Unbelievable challenge on (Massimo) Luongo, a blatant push when he’s about to pull the trigger, and it was always one of them, the cards didn’t fall our way.

“I said this week we’d take a minimum of six points out of nine and we’ve got that - we should have had more.”

The former England manager opted to bring on Matt Smith in the 86th minute for Toni Leistner and backed his decision to leave it so late.

“I thought we were creating chances, doing okay and it was just that final ball, quality cross, a couple of shots, we didn’t really test their keeper and our keeper wasn’t really tested.

“It was a lot in the middle, a lot of endeavour, and I thought it had 0-0 written all over if, or one goal, and they got it.”

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