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Beale plays down significance of QPR loss to Palace

QPR head coach Mick Beale has played down the significance of his side’s 3-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

Former Rangers striker Ebere Eze opened the scoring before Wilfried Zaha scored two second-half goals in the final pre-season friendly before Rangers face Blackburn Rovers on the opening matchday of the season of the championship next Saturday.

But Beale thinks they can learn from the defeat to Palace in the game at Ewood Park.

“I’m a bit disappointed if I’m being honest,” he said.

“I’m not disappointed in terms of effort, I’m a little disappointed in terms of conviction and quality.

“But I feel we are in good shape. We defended well, we recovered the ball easily, but we conceded bad goals especially the first and the third. The second is a great finish to be fair.

“I thought we had some good times but we didn’t execute and we never troubled their goalkeeper enough.

“But I think the players we miss will give us that extra boost in the final third. We really miss Chris Willock, we miss Tyler Roberts and now Taylor Richards too, who I’m really excited for.

“Let’s not get carried away with the result. Of course, we would have liked the result to be better and closer, but in terms of the general game, I saw enough there that I think we just need to show a bit more conviction and quality.

“If we do that it will be fine, but no matter who you play against, when you get the ball back you have to be a bit better with it than we were today.”

Palace named a strong squad which, along with Zaha and Eze, also included first-team regulars Marc Guehi, James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp, Christian Benteke and new signing Cheick Doucoure.

And Beale insists there were positive individual performances within his team despite the result.

“I thought there were some good performances. I thought the back four defended well. Jake (Clarke-Salter) and Kenneth (Paal) have shown what they will bring,” he said.

“I thought Ozzy (Kakay) had a decent game. He’s up against one of the best players in the Premier League in Wilfried Zaha and I think he had a good game. I thought Andre Dozzell had the look good.

“It’s not all fantastic or all terrible, it’s somewhere in between and we needed that feedback to be fair. It was a good friendly game for us heading into the season.