Mark Warburton said Geoff Cameron, Luke Amos, Osman Kakay and keeper Joe Lumley were QPR’s better performers in their 3-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.
The R’s suffered their fifth defeat in six games since the season resumed, as the Owls scored twice in the first half before adding a late third.
Top bookmakers, all listed at betminded.com, had QPR among the favourites for relegation at the start of the season, so their overall performance this term has been better than many expected.
But they were very much second best against a strong Wednesday side.
Dominic Iorfa opened the scoring after six minutes – a familiar trend for QPR in recent games – and Josh Windass doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time.
Murphy made it three with 12 minutes to go.
Despite the hugely disappointing display, Warburton thought there were a few noteworthy performances.
He said: “I thought Joe had no real chance for the goals and made a couple of very good saves.
“But out of the outfield players, I thought Geoff, Osman Kakay and Luke Amos stood up today, and got involved and showed full commitment to it.
“I thought those three boys showed a real desire to change the game around.”
Manager Warburton has sought to defend his players after poor results this season.
But this time he admitted: “It would be foolish to do that today. We were lacklustre and got what we deserved.
“It’s not a lack of commitment from the players, we were way below our level. What we do well, we didn’t do well today. Simple as that.”