McClaren backs Washington and Wszolek after QPR win

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Steve McClaren got his first win as QPR boss

QPR boss Steve McClaren said Conor Washington and Pawel Wszolek could keep their places after impressing in the 2-0 win over Peterborough in the Carabao Cup.

Goals in the first six minutes, scored by Luke Freeman and Wszolek, gave Rangers a place in the second round and their first win under McClaren.

Striker Washington, recalled to play against his former club, was involved in the build up to both goals.

Freeman netted after Washington’s cross was weakly parried by keeper Aaron Chapman.

And Washington then threaded a pass through to Wszolek, who finished coolly.

“We made some changes but only to give a chance to players who deserved it,” said McClaren.

“We brought Conor in because we felt we needed energy and pace running in beyond. He certainly did that.

“He got us up the field instead of being pressed. He provided us with an outlet and that gave us a good platform from the front.

“We dominated the first half and that’s the kind of football that we want to bring here; controlling the game, switching the play, good attacking football, plenty of crosses into the box.”

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Wszolek scored QPR’s second goal

Wszolek was also among the players brought in by McClaren, who lost both his first Championship matches as R’s boss.

The Polish winger’s energetic display means he is now very much in contention for Saturday’s game at West Brom.

“He deserved his opportunity because we needed consistency and energy in wide areas and he gave us that,” McClaren said.

“I’ve always liked Pavel. I remember when they first signed him here, I thought he was very good.

“I had no hesitation in picking him tonight and he showed his experience. It’s a difficult team now to pick on Saturday.”