McClaren defiant despite QPR’s losing run

Steve McClaren again insisted QPR are not far away from turning the corner – despite a seventh consecutive league defeat.

The 2-0 loss against the Rangers manager’s former club Middlesbrough means the threat of relegation has not been eliminated.

McClaren’s side have not won a Championship game since Boxing Day, are nine points above the drop zone and face a tough midweek game at home to promotion-chasing Leeds before a derby at in-form Brentford.

“We are very close,” said McClaren, who saw his team concede a goal after just two minutes at the Riverside Stadium.

“This is a tough week but we have to keep fighting and showing the perseverance we have been doing and get that first win of the year.

“We need to really have a go against Leeds on Tuesday and then against Brentford.”

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Rangers were up against it once Jonny Howson, totally unchallenged, gave Boro the early lead. The hosts were two up by half-time courtesy of Ashley Fletcher’s goal.

“The goals were avoidable and you can’t expect to concede as early as we did and win,” McClaren admitted.

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