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Reaction: Blues 0 Queens Park Rangers 2

It was a disappointing day for us because we couldn’t find the right tempo that we wanted and the right level of intensity.

Pep Clotet

Blues Head Coach Pep Clotet gives his thoughts on a home reversal to Rangers.

Pep Clotet on how tonight’s game panned out…

“It was a disappointing day for us because we couldn’t find the right tempo that we wanted and the right level of intensity. It served nothing the fact that we had total control of the first-half, that we created eight good attacks; we were not able to score that goal. We found a lot of good places in the first-half, the pressing worked very well and it was clear that we were growing into the game from the beginning. The mistake of the first goal is a situation that we should defend better – as we saw against Reading, things that we’ve been working on. That goal changed a little bit the game, because it changed QPR into a team who will try and see the game out and slow the tempo of the game. Despite controlling the first-half, we struggled to increase the tempo and in the second-half QPR became a team that defends that result and tries to catch us on the break. Away from home, that’s a perfect plan. We didn’t find the tempo to unlock them down, especially with the ball, with the mentality to go forward and create problems for the opposition; things that we were doing well in the last few games, but today it didn’t happen to go our way.”

Pep Clotet on whether QPR’s first goal was offside…

“It was very difficult for the referee to see, very difficult for the linesman, and I don’t complain about it because at the end of the day we need to deal with that situation better. Sometimes if we complain to the referee, we’re just hiding some tactical mistakes or things we should have done better.”

Pep Clotet on the spectacular second goal which effectively killed the contest…

"Maxime was on a booking and I think that had a bit of an impact. He delayed him but he (Bright Osayi-Samuel) is a very good one-to-one player and it was a good fight between Maxime and him. I’m pretty sure that Maxime would have looked for a foul if he hadn’t been booked. You need to give credit to the player who did fantastically and beat us, but from the defensive point of view we didn’t have the cover that the situation required."

Pep Clotet on the decision to take of Jeremie Bela early in the second-half…

"I think he was playing very well and he was getting more and more dangerous, but he was having trouble with his groin and I couldn’t afford for him to have a strain. At the end of the first-half he was already stretching, he had a little treatment at half-time and in the second-half he was stretching a little bit more and I thought I’d better (take him off). He’s played a lot of minutes, last Saturday and today, and he’s chasing his fitness so we can’t afford to risk an injury."

Pep Clotet on the first 90 minutes for Josh McEachran…

"That was a very big plus. On Saturday it was difficult for him to get to the end of the game, today it was much better. And today he was very smart with the way he played; he didn’t require a lot of physical movement because his positioning was always very bright. I think that’s why his experience and his ability got him through the 90 minutes, which is a positive thing from a bad night."  

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