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Preston North End 1-0 QPR: Steve McClaren hopes to bolster QPR after opening-day defeat

Steve McCLaren
Former England boss McClaren's took over at QPR after Ian Holloway was sacked in May

Steve McClaren says he hopes to bring in some experienced players on loan to bolster his QPR side after their opening-day defeat at Preston.

Alan Browne's second-half looping header at the back post was the difference between the sides as Rangers struggled for possession and shots.

The club face a transfer embargo in January and agreed a settlement worth almost £42m with the EFL last month after breaking Financial Fair Play rules.

"It's difficult to purchase anybody, so the transfer window is really ineffective for us, but the loan market can be very important," former England manager McClaren told BBC Radio London.

"We're looking to strengthen the team and probably bring in a bit more experience because we've got talented youngsters.

"We've brought one player in and lost four or five from last season, so in terms of strength we are not where we want to be."

Former Derby boss McClaren - who has now won just one of his past 11 games as a manager of an English second-tier side - has until Thursday to bring in permanent signings and will be unable to add any more players until next summer after the loan deadline passes at the end of the month.

At Deepdale, Matt Smith had a decent first-half effort for Rangers, but the visitors did not threaten again until the 89th minute as Idrissa Sylla forced a great save from Declan Rudd.

Preston's Callum Robinson would have got a second but for a good Matt Ingram save while Tom Barkhuizen had a couple of chances as he impressed in midfield.

Preston, who won their opening fixture for a second successive year, had almost two thirds of the possession and efforts on goal.

Preston boss Alex Neil said the manner in which they secured the victory "sums the Championship up".

The former Norwich and Hamilton boss continued: "We could have won more comfortably because I think for 70-75 minutes we were excellent, moved the ball well and created good chances.

"Half-time we were talking about being more clinical in the final third. For all our good play, a scruffy goal like that wins us the game."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 2Fisher
  • 5ClarkeSubstituted forat 90+3'minutes
  • 6Davies
  • 16Hughes
  • 4Pearson
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forHorganat 71'minutes
  • 8Browne
  • 10HarropSubstituted forLedsonat 83'minutes
  • 7Robinson
  • 9MoultSubstituted forGallagherat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Gallagher
  • 15Woods
  • 17Horgan
  • 18Ledson
  • 19Burke
  • 22Maxwell
  • 23Huntington

QPR

  • 1Ingram
  • 24Kakay
  • 37Leistner
  • 33Lynch
  • 3Bidwell
  • 21LuongoSubstituted forSmythat 66'minutes
  • 11ScowenBooked at 73mins
  • 20Osayi-SamuelSubstituted forManningat 45'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 7Freeman
  • 10Eze
  • 17SmithSubstituted forSyllaat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Cousins
  • 9Washington
  • 13Lumley
  • 14Manning
  • 15Baptiste
  • 38Smyth
  • 40Sylla
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
13,418

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Toni Leistner tries a through ball, but Joel Lynch is caught offside.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

Foul by Ryan Ledson (Preston North End).

Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Tom Clarke went off injured after Preston North End had used all subs.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tom Clarke (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Toni Leistner (Queens Park Rangers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ben Pearson (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Lynch.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Attempt saved. Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Preston North End).

Paul Smyth (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Ryan Ledson replaces Josh Harrop.

Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

Paul Smyth (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Jake Bidwell tries a through ball, but Idrissa Sylla is caught offside.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Idrissa Sylla (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Idrissa Sylla replaces Matt Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher replaces Louis Moult.

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Darnell Fisher.

Booking

Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Josh Harrop (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Daryl Horgan replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Paul Smyth replaces Massimo Luongo.

Booking

Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers).

goal

As It Stood

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2Wigan11003213
3Bolton11002113
4Derby11002113
5Swansea11002113
6Preston11001013
7Birmingham10102201
8Blackburn10102201
9Ipswich10102201
10Middlesbrough10102201
11Millwall10102201
12Norwich10102201
13Bristol City10101101
14Nottm Forest10101101
15Aston Villa00000000
16Hull00000000
17Leeds00000000
18Stoke00000000
19Sheff Wed100123-10
20Reading100112-10
21Sheff Utd100112-10
22West Brom100112-10
23QPR100101-10
24Rotherham100115-40
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