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McClaren pleased with professional display from QPR

PUBLISHED: 19:08 20 October 2018 | UPDATED: 19:08 20 October 2018

The QPR players celebrate after the opening goal courtesy of Dean Gerken of Ipswich Town (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo)

The QPR players celebrate after the opening goal courtesy of Dean Gerken of Ipswich Town (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo)

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Queens Park Rangers boss Steve McClaren believes there is more to come from his team following a 2-0 win at Ipswich Town which moved them to 16th in the Sky Bet Championship.

A first-half own goal from goalkeeper Dean Gerken and a Tomer Hemed penalty — both resulting from QPR corners — sent Town to the foot of the Championship table.

The Tractor Boys, who remain winless at Portman Road, were booed off by the home support after the final whistle.

McClaren said: “It was very professional. That’s what we said at the beginning, this was an opportunity if we are professional and do our job, then we’ve got a chance of winning and that’s what we did right from the first whistle.

“We controlled the game, got the goals and saw the game through, clean sheet, two goals and should have been more.

“I think we’re slowly going forward with this team and I always thought we would do.

“The first four games were difficult, but we made three very good loan signings, made a big difference to us and the rest of the team responded, they’ve come together, got a great spirit in the dressing room and that’s going out onto the field.

“We’re gaining in confidence, a little bit more belief but still a long way to go and still a lot more to come from this team.

“We’re not looking up, we’re not looking down, we’re looking at the next game and that’s Sheffield Wednesday - a tough one.”

McClaren said both his side’s goals highlighted the importance of set-pieces.

“How many games do you see at the weekend where the first goal or the most important goal is a set-play,” he said.

“You saw that in the World Cup with England and in this Championship, it’s very important.”

Ipswich boss Paul Hurst, meanwhile, was left to rue a series of poor mistakes from his side in defeat.

“We weren’t good enough, that’s the bottom line. Not a good enough reaction overall to going behind made for a very disappointing afternoon,” said the Tractor Boys boss.


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