Mark Warburton was blunt in his assessment of QPR’s performance as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Rotherham United on Tuesday night.
Despite taking the lead through Lyndon Dykes’ tenth goal of the campaign, the Hoops left South Yorkshire empty handed.
Freddie Ladapo scored a brace with Michael Smith also on target as the Millers grabbed a crucial win in their battle to avoid relegation.
“We didn’t stand up,” said the R’s boss after the game.
“When we are good we take the plaudits and enjoy that but we have to recognise when we fall below that.
“We got the goal we wanted and we thought that would be a big turning point for us. We knew at that point they were going to have to take risks.
“With no lack of respect form us, they are very good at the physicality, they throw it into the box time after time, (Michael) Smith came on and we knew we had to roll our sleeves up and deal with it – it’s as simple as that.
“Sometimes you have to stand up and make first contact – those are the moments in games where it’s not always pretty, you have to do the basics well and we didn’t do that.
“Jordy (De Wijs) went off at half-time with a broken nose and we missed his physicality, but after scoring the goal I can’t really remember us testing their keeper.
“So we don’t deserve to win the game.”
The defeat at New York Stadium came just three days after Rangers impressed in their 4-1 home win over Sheffield United on Saturday, and Warburton felt his side started the game brightly but didn’t make the most of it.
“I thought the first 15, 20 minutes we controlled it,” he explained. “We got into dangerous areas and looked a really good team.
“It’s very nice playing good football but you have to create and take your chances and we didn’t do that.
“We knew at half-time that the opening goal was going to be very important and we got it, but we then have to build on that.
“That was the point that we didn’t roll our sleeves up and we paid the price for it.”