QPR missed ‘big players’ – Beale

Mick Beale admitted the World Cup break is much needed after QPR slumped to a third successive defeat, losing at Coventry. 

Rangers, who were without left-back Kenneth Paal and midfielder Tim Iroegbunam, who both became unwell at the team hotel overnight, went down 2-0 and have dropped to seventh in the Championship.

In-form striker Viktor Gyokeres scored both goals for Coventry, who were comfortable winners.

“I thought we played against a good team who are in a good moment and the centre-forward was the difference between the two teams,” Beale said.

“The first goal is sloppy. We are trying to stop giving away a corner and end up giving a away a goal.

“I thought we were a bit dizzy for 10 minutes after that but then grew into the game and in the second half we made a lot of the running but didn’t do enough in the final third.

“Between the boxes we played some nice stuff and the second goal was against the run of play, but I thought Gyokeres was the best player on the park and he was the difference.

“We are in a blip where we haven’t won for five games, but I’m not sure all of our performances have deserved no points if I’m honest.

“But we are seventh in the Championship and if we had been seventh in the Championship in a different way we would be more positive, but the last few weeks haven’t tasted so good.”

Rangers were also without Stefan Johansen, Luke Amos, Tyler Roberts and Leon Balogun, and Beale said he was encouraged by Taylor Richards’ first start.

Beale said: “We thought we would have Kenneth and Tim available and had to bring players up today, which is never ideal, not having Johansen, Amos, Roberts, Balogun.

“It’s not an excuse but they are big players for us, we could have six players today who would have helped us.

“Taylor had his first start and I thought he showed some promising signs again.

“But this is my first four months in the job and I am really happy with the effort and commitment.

“In our first 21 games we’ve had seem some things that we need to improve on.

“But the biggest thing is to have the best players, fit and available to us.”