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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

  • 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

  • 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

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

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers).

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

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

Foul by Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Hand ball by Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Cedric Kipre.

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.

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

Substitution

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

Substitution

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

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.

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

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Foul by Reece James (Wigan Athletic).

Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Gary Roberts replaces Josh Windass.

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Conor Washington with a headed pass.

Foul by James Vaughan (Wigan Athletic).

Toni Leistner (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Conor Washington replaces Tomer Hemed.

Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Freeman.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Nick Powell.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Reece James.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Reece James.

Attempt missed. William Grigg (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Josh Windass.

Foul by Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic).

Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Massimo Luongo tries a through ball, but Tomer Hemed is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James Vaughan replaces Nathan Byrne.

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Massimo Luongo.

Attempt blocked. Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Evans.

Attempt blocked. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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