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Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Wigan Athletic: Steve McClaren says R's 'will get better' after first win

Tomer Hemed
Tomer Hemed scored the winner against Wigan 48 hours after joining QPR on loan from Brighton

Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McClaren says his side will "get better and better" after his miserable start as boss came to an end with victory over Wigan Athletic.

Tomer Hemed, on loan from Brighton, acrobatically fired past Latics goalkeeper Christian Walton to register the game's decisive goal before half-time.

QPR had lost each of their four opening league games for the first time in the club's history - including a 7-1 hammering by West Bromwich Albion and Tuesday's 3-0 home defeat by Bristol City.

"Patience is a difficult word in football," McClaren told BBC Radio London. "I've had to be and I don't like it. The fans have voiced their opinion and the owners have also been patient.

"Hopefully we'll go on from this."

Rangers produced a much more resolute display against Wigan, who came closest to equalising when Nick Powell forced Joe Lumley into a smart save.

Lumley was making his first league start of the season - and only his fourth since coming through the academy - after McClaren opted to drop regular number one Matt Ingram.

Despite Wigan having the better of the general play, Lumley was largely untroubled, although the 23-year-old keeper had to do well to keep Josh Windass' effort out when the game was still goalless.

Up front, QPR also benefited from the presence of new loan strikers Hemed and Nahki Wells, whose arrival McClaren believes has given the whole squad a lift.

Tomer Hemed (left) and Nakhi Wells celebrate QPR's goal against Wigan
Hemed and Wells (right) have joined on season-long loans from Premier League sides Brighton and Burnley respectively

"The team looked to have more belief, character and resilience to fight because we know we've got chances to score," he said.

"We're going to have to change and adapt and build a team around them, but you see the experience that they've got.

"I think they'll get better because they weren't fit, we just threw them in and on adrenaline they've come through.

"We're just delighted at the quality of Nakhi and Tomer - they deserve a lot of credit and the supporters should acknowledge that."

McClaren had won just one of his 13 previous matches in the Championship - but victory over Wigan will ease some of the early growing pressure on the former England boss.

The clean sheet was also QPR's first since March, with Rangers having conceded 13 league goals already this season.

Wigan manager Paul Cook, who felt QPR's goal should have been disallowed for a foul by Joel Lynch on Chey Dunkley, said:

"Referees [are] getting key moments wrong - if you get them right then the game just flows to a 0-0 draw and we get on the bus happy.

"Other people can decide if he gets that decision right. We were getting informed on the sidelines that the other officials told him it was a foul.

"Goals change the whole dynamics of a game and that game was changed by that decision. We're very disappointed with it."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Lumley
  • 22RangelBooked at 27mins
  • 37Leistner
  • 33Lynch
  • 3Bidwell
  • 7Freeman
  • 21Luongo
  • 11Scowen
  • 10EzeSubstituted forWszolekat 87'minutes
  • 16HemedBooked at 71minsSubstituted forWashingtonat 80'minutes
  • 32WellsSubstituted forSmithat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 8Cousins
  • 9Washington
  • 15Baptiste
  • 17Smith
  • 23Wszolek
  • 24Kakay

Wigan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Walton
  • 2ByrneBooked at 28minsSubstituted forVaughanat 75'minutes
  • 22Dunkley
  • 21Kipre
  • 3Robinson
  • 36Evans
  • 5Morsy
  • 11MasseySubstituted forJamesat 32'minutes
  • 25Powell
  • 10WindassSubstituted forRobertsat 83'minutes
  • 9Grigg

Substitutes

  • 8Vaughan
  • 12James
  • 14Bruce
  • 15McManaman
  • 18Roberts
  • 23Jones
  • 26Connolly
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
11,564

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home12
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Reece James (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Evans with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Reece James (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers).

  8. Post update

    Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

  10. Post update

    Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Josh Scowen tries a through ball, but Pawel Wszolek is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Cedric Kipre.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Reece James.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matt Smith replaces Nahki Wells.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Pawel Wszolek replaces Eberechi Eze.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Evans with a cross following a set piece situation.

  18. Post update

    William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

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