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Beale slams players after QPR Cup exit

Mick Beale has slammed his players after QPR’s exit from the Carabao Cup.

The Rangers were beaten on penalties by Charlton after a 1-1 draw at The Valley, where Tyler Roberts made his debut and scored.

Roberts and fellow substitute Sinclair Armstrong impressed, but the other fringe players did not – and Beale made his frustration clear.

He said, “You give people opportunities and you want them to take them. Unfortunately, I didn’t think they did.

“You give an opportunity and a chance to play and shine and I think one or two missed that opportunity.

“I’m not going to single out any of the players because collectively we weren’t good enough.

“I’m in front of it. Charlton looked a level above us and it’s on me.

“We were sloppy all night. We were lacking in quality and when we went out and into Charlton’s half we were so eager to give the ball away.

“I expect us to show more quality. We’ve been together for quite a while now. I know it’s only my third game, but it’s not my third day.

“We’ve been together for a good eight or nine weeks now and I expect more from them.

“The moment I stop expecting them, that’s where the big trouble comes in.”

Beale says Chris Willock, Luke Amos and Kenneth Paal missed the game with injury concerns resulting from Saturday’s win over Middlesbrough and will not be available for this weekend’s trip to Sunderland.

Willock being sidelined again, having just returned to action, would be a blow, while Paal’s lack of a summer signing would leave Niko Hamalalinen as the likely alternative.

Finland international Hamalainen fell short against Charlton, who equalized in the last minute before converting all of their shots in the penalty shootout.

Asked if the lack of cover for Paal was a concern, Beale said: “There’s no lack of depth in terms of numbers because Niko has played there.

“He’s a player who’s been at the club for a long time. He’s an international and he’s played in big games and he’s been waiting for his opportunity.

“So if I say there’s a lack of strength or options there, then we’re just going to clear it up, and he obviously doesn’t want me to.

“He is training at a higher level than he showed tonight.”