‘Glaring misses’ blamed after Rangers draw

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond admitted that “glaring” second-half misses had cost his team a win which would have put them top of the Championship.

They had to settle for a 0-0 draw against Blackburn at Loftus Road, where Matt Phillips and Charlie Austin should have broken the deadlock.

Phillips fired straight at the keeper from close range following Andy Johnson’s low cross before Austin headed Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s cross against the post.

Bond said: “It was frustrating. The longer the game went on, Blackburn were just content to get men behind the ball, which you can understand, and they gave us few opportunities.

“But we did have two really good ones with Matt Phillips and Charlie Austin and it can be a completely different game if we get our noses in front.

“They were glaring chances. We needed to take one of those and we didn’t.”

Rangers also had some problems at the other end, managing to keep yet another clean sheet despite Blackburn worrying them in the first half.

Boss Harry Redknapp, previously reluctant to change his three-man midfield, opted to stick with the 4-4-2 formation that helped his team crush Bournemouth in midweek.

And Bond conceded: “They gave us some problems. We probably played more open and as a consequence I think they got opportunities to get at us.

“We’re not a negative team but it’s got to be based on a solid base and we’ve defended well, especially at home.

“It’s just, and we’ve spoken about this before, it’s the other side – we’re not creating as much and certainly not scoring as many as we would like, and that was a case in point.”



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