QPR’s poor run of type continued in opposition to West Bromwich Albion, with Jake Livermore’s objective on the loss of life inflicting a second straight stoppage-time defeat within the league.
The Rs’ final win, on Boxing Day in opposition to Ipswich City, couldn’t really feel a lot additional away, however there’s nonetheless loads of perception that performances just like the one in opposition to the Baggies can be sufficient for his or her luck to show.
A type of on the lookout for the positives is QPR goalkeeper Joe Lumley, who made a variety of large saves earlier than the heartbreak of being crushed by Livermore’s late, late strike.
It was Lumley who had stored QPR within the recreation, making point-blank reflex saves from Livermore within the first half and Jacob Murphy within the second, and nonetheless the stopper felt disillusioned he was unable to assist his workforce over the road.
“I’d have preferred to have saved all of them, however that’s the way in which it goes,” Lumley advised soccer.london .
He has only one clear sheet to his title in 2019, within the FA Cup replay victory in opposition to Portsmouth, however says his teammates have been “a unique class” of their efforts to carry on in opposition to West Brom and insists the present run of six consecutive league reverses is just not reflective of the performances.
“It’s not like we’re placing in poor performances, we’re digging in deep and simply on the minute it’s not falling for us,” he says, and the sight of three QPR gamers sliding in desperately in an effort to disclaim Livermore is proof of that.
“It’s not like we’re taking part in unhealthy. We’re having unhealthy spells in video games however you might have unhealthy spells in video games while you win as effectively.
“We’re preventing again, we practically got here again in opposition to Birmingham however missed a penalty, after which in opposition to Bristol Metropolis we performed very well and had what was a poor resolution, everybody is aware of that, after which tonight I feel if we had 11 males for the entire recreation we’d have gotten a draw a minimum of.”
The lack of Luke Freeman for the ultimate jiffy was finally another slice of unhealthy luck with which the hosts have been unable to deal.
Freeman, who scored QPR’s first equaliser with a rasping near-post drive, went down with a hip harm and was unable to proceed, forcing the Rs to try to shut out the sport a person down in opposition to one of the vital potent attacking forces within the Soccer League.
The midfield creator is more likely to miss Saturday’s journey to Middlesbrough, one other powerful check which may go away followers of the membership trying down quite than up, however Lumley isn’t issues that method.
“We don’t take into consideration [the relegation places] in any respect, we simply take every recreation because it comes,” he stated.
“Each single recreation is a giant recreation, even the groups that aren’t up there are nonetheless large video games – anybody can beat anybody, so we’ll simply put together the identical and hopefully it’ll fall for us. Hopefully we’ll go to Middlesbrough and put in a superb efficiency and see what occurs.”
One factor in widespread between the present run of poor type and the 4 defeats in the beginning of the season comes within the type of a wrestle to maintain clear sheets, and Steve McClaren was clear on this after the sport.
QPR have let in 15 targets of their final 5 video games, however Lumley is continuous to provide the assertive, forward-thinking goalkeeping that served him effectively throughout a run of three straight clear sheets over the Christmas interval.
Even when this has seemed like working in opposition to him, he has trusted in his strategies, persevering with to ask for the ball at toes regardless of nearly being punished by Jay Rodriguez for a first-half air-kick.
In a method, Lumley’s resilience is consultant of the workforce’s positivity and religion that, as quickly as they lower out the small errors, the outcomes will arrive as soon as extra.
“We have to get again to conserving clear sheets, and after we hold clear sheets we win video games, so we’ve obtained to maintain digging in deep and hopefully it falls for us,” he says.
“Hopefully we’ll get a win below our belts and it’ll give us a little bit of confidence and we’ll push on.”