QPR are ‘not too far away’, claims Bidwell

Jake Bidwell says QPR can take heart from their second-half performance in Monday’s 2-1 defeat by Sheffield Wednesday.

Rangers succumbed to their fifth straight loss despite applying plenty of pressure after the break and are not yet mathematically assured of Championship status next season.

Bidwell said: “It’s another defeat and no points, so that’s disappointing, but I think we were by far the better team in the second half. We’ve got to try and start games like that.

“I don’t think we’re too far away, it’s just a couple of things here and there and hopefully a couple of wins before the end of the season would be nice.

“It is frustrating. We do need that one more win and we’ll keep applying ourselves.”

Bidwell lined up in an unfamiliar role against the Owls, starting as one of a trio of central defenders as Ian Holloway continued to experiment with his squad.

The change of formation gave Jack Robinson an opportunity to operate at left wing-back – and then briefly as an orthodox left-back before being sacrificed for striker Conor Washington.

Bidwell added: “It’s healthy competition and if you’ve got the shirt, you can’t afford to step off the gas. We’ve got a deep squad and all over the squad there are people ready to step in.

“The left-back position is no different. When you’ve got injuries, you’ve got to be adaptable and cope with it as best you can.”