QPR ‘are not there yet’, says Ball

Dominic Ball is pleased with how QPR have started the season but believes they have not yet produced a “100% performance”.

The dominant first-half display against Luton, after which he insisted they should have been six goals up, was hailed as Rangers’ best this term.

Although West Bromwich Albion halted their four-match win streak in the Championship, Ball thinks there is more to come.

He said: “I think we have had a very good season – a very good season so far. I think, as a team, we still know we have not had a 100% performance.

“I think if you look at the Luton game, the first half was probably our best half of football. We should have been 6-0 up.

“We are due a game like that, but going up against West Brom I think we can critically analyse ourselves and say, ‘You know what? We are not there yet, we have got to improve in a lot of areas’, and that is what we will be doing in training this week.

“I think they are definitely one of the better sides we have played against and they did have that experience – coming here, getting a clean sheet and scoring the goals they did.

“We are still a new team, we are still developing and finding out about each other.”

QPR and West Brom entered the break level but the visitors edged in front after 54 minutes through 18-year-old Nathan Ferguson’s fine goal.

Yoann Barbet’s dismissal with eight minutes remaining reduced Rangers to 10 men before the resulting free-kick was put away by Matheus Pereira.

Ball, who joined on a free transfer earlier this summer, said the two goals they conceded were “sloppy” but believes lessons can be learned from the defeat.

He added: “We have come away with a 2-0 loss and we will do exactly the same as what we always do – [ask] where can we be better.

“How can we make it so we do not lose those sort of games against the better team 2-0?”

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