Cifuentes ‘very positive’ after QPR draw

Marti Cifuentes said he saw plenty of positives in his first match as QPR boss.

Rangers, beaten in their previous six matches, remain second from bottom of the Championship table and are now without a win in 10 matches after a 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers Rotherham.

Ilias Chair’s brilliant opening goal put them ahead but Georgie Kelly equalised after getting in front of Sam Field to meet Cohen Bramall’s left-wing free-kick.

Cifuentes said: “I will never be happy with a draw – especially with the way we conceded from a set piece.

“On the other side, I want to look at the positive things about our performance. The team showed big commitment to try to compete.

“I want to be very positive today. I just arrived here three or four days ago and there is quality in the squad. My job is to get the best of all of them.”

The change in style under Cifuentes was immediate, with Rangers’ adopting a vastly more sophisticated approach than under the sacked Gareth Ainsworth.

Chris Willock – overlooked by the former boss – was brought into the starting line-up and Taylor Richards featured as a second-half substitute.

“I like good players and Chris is a good player,” Cifuentes explained.

“He has technical quality to play in small spaces and he needs to be decisive, so hopefully we can get him back to his best level.

“I think he tried a lot in a very difficult game for him. He will be an important player for us.”