QPR defender stunned after Brighton thumping but remains positive over future
PUBLISHED: 10:01 21 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:01 21 April 2016
James Perch admitted he was perplexed after QPR's second-half breakdown at promotion-chasing Brighton on Tuesday night.
Rangers had plenty to be positive about at the break after an encouraging display, despite trailing 1-0 to Anthony Knockaert’s free-kick.
But come full-time it was a night to forget after further goals from Jiri Skalak and Connor Goldson, as well as another from Knockaert saw the Rs on the end of a 4-0 thumping at the Amex.
Perch told the Times: “We just folded and it’s not like us to just collapse like that. I thought we done well in the first half and had the better chances.
“For them to then go 1-0 up right on the stroke of half-time was a bit of an injustice, but in the second half we needed to do a lot better than that – it wasn’t good enough.”
The 30-year-old wasn’t overly impressed with what he saw from Chris Hughton’s men, though, insisting Rangers have played against much better sides this season.
He added: “Don’t get me wrong, they’re good at what they do but I never felt like they were going to batter us. I thought we were comfortable for much of the game.
“Me and the Chief (Nedum Onuoha), couldn’t really put our finger on what we really did wrong - it was a bizarre game.
“I don’t think they’re that great at all, we’ve played much better teams.
“I’d much rather be playing them than say Burnley or Middlesbrough, that’s for sure.”
Brighton will be guaranteed promotion if they win their three remaining games, which includes a mouth-watering trip to the Riverside on the final day.
Rewind a year ago though and the Seagulls were in an altogether different scenario towards the bottom of the table, with Perch insisting there is no reason why the Rs can’t replicate what they have done.
“Chris has done a great job there and really steadied the ship,” said Perch. “I know what he is all about as I worked under him at Newcastle and Colin (Calderwood) was my manager at Nottingham Forest.
“They’re a good twosome and work well together. Credit to Brighton, they’ve kicked on and they’re very effective at what they do.
“There’s no reason why we can’t do the same next year. We just need to stick together and believe in what we’re doing here, as I think we’re heading in the right direction.
“The Championship is a very tough league, it’s demanding on the players and you have to be really consistent.
“The teams up there have that grit and determination which gets them over the line and ultimately earn them promotion.
“Even when they aren’t playing well they manage to nick wins or get a draw, and that’s why they’re up there.
“We need to get that kind of consistency and mentality into our game.
“We’ve dropped a number of points from winning positions this season and that’s why we are where we are.”