QPR defeat is ‘frustrating and disappointing’ – Beale

QPR boss Mick Beale admitted West Brom defended superbly in their 1-0 win at Loftus Road.

Kyle Bartley’s header from John Swift’s right-wing free-kick midway through the second half gave Albion the points.

“It was a tough game. West Brom are in a false position and I think we all realise that. I thought they defended really well,” Beale said.

“They started stronger than us, then we grew into the game and were good but without that cutting edge in the final third.

“I said to the players at half-time that the game would come down to a big moment. We had a number of set-plays and then lost to one ourselves.

“It was a tight game. We were the better side for spells but we were never dominant in it and then Kyle has come up with a big goal for them, which is hugely disappointing and frustrating for us.

“They defended extremely well and, for us, if you can’t find that moment then make sure you don’t lose the game.

“I had a bad feeling the moment they got that free-kick, to be honest.”

Beale added that Luke Amos was taken off just after the hour mark because of a hamstring problem.

Amos will be assessed over the next 48 hours and is expected to miss Tuesday’s game against Huddersfield.