Robins on the 2-1 loss at Loftus Road
Huddersfield Town Manager Mark Robins was disappointed that his side came away from Loftus Road with nothing after conceding two ‘absolutely avoidable’ goals against high-flying QPR.
“I thought the first-half was the best we’ve played since I’ve come to the Club,” Mark explained.
“In the second-half we told the lads to be confident, believe in themselves and keep playing in the same manner, because we had them on the ropes; we could have been three up.
“They were always going to come into the game and the second-half was never going to be like the first because they will throw bodies forward. We talked about that and how our game management had to be different.
“The shape of the game changed when Matty Phillips came on at half-time and we had to shore our left hand side up; that caused us one or two more problems. We stopped passing the ball a little bit, so the extra man in the middle of the park didn’t matter anymore – hence our changes in personnel and shape.
“No team had scored here against them in the second-half this season, so we conquered that challenge, but we let ourselves down with the set play. That was a knife to the stomach really, because we played so well.
“We managed to get the ball in the net, but then we were under pressure a little bit. We wanted to add a little bit of height and then we were hit with a sucker-punch. We kept plugging away and we tried to get something at the death.
“For us, both QPR goals were absolutely avoidable. We have two young defenders and at times we needed to give the defence some extra cover, but we don’t help ourselves at times because on occasion we hold onto the ball a little too long and they break at us. We need to get that out of our game.
“Our fans were outstanding and I’m really disappointed that we’ve not given them something to go home with in terms of points – at least a point – because I thought we were that good.
“I know how good we can be, but we have to do it for 90 minutes – not 55. We should have taken a point today from a really difficult place to come.”