Queens Park Rangers 0-3 Bristol City: Robins win as poor R’s start continues

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Queens Park Rangers 0-3 Bristol City: Robins win as poor R’s start continues
Goals from Matty Taylor (second right) and Andreas Weimann gave Bristol City their first three points since April and their first away win since December 2017

Steve McClaren insists he is the right man to lead Queens Park Rangers after he was jeered by fans following a fourth successive Championship defeat at home to Bristol City.

Rangers, who lost 7-1 at West Brom on Saturday, have made their worst-ever start to a league season and sit bottom of the table, still waiting to pick up their first league point under the former England boss.

“I knew this was a tough job and it wouldn’t happen overnight,” the 57-year-old said.

“It (being booed) is society now. It’s the reaction and this is normal.

“The message to the supporters, and it’s a difficult one, is patience. Am I determined to put this right? Yes.”

Bristol City registered their first Championship win of the season as Matty Taylor’s opened the scoring four minutes before the break and Andreas Weimann added a second-half brace.

After Robins keeper Niki Maenpaa had denied Conor Washington the opening goal from close range, Taylor cut in from the right and sent a low shot into the bottom corner from a narrow angle.

Weimann was left unmarked at the back post to head in Niclas Eliasson’s left-wing cross five minutes after the break, and Josh Brownhill cut the ball back for the Austria international to tap in a third in the 90th minute.

Lee Johnson’s City were largely untroubled after taking the lead and, after taking two points from their first three games of the campaign, ended a run of seven Championship matches without a win stretching back to April.

Rangers are struggling with Financial Fair Play restrictions, having agreed a settlement of almost £42m with the English Football League for breaking rules as they were promoted to the Premier League in 2014.

But McClaren hopes the expected arrival of loan signings in the coming days will improve results.

“Believe me, if the owners could spend money they would,” he added. “But the restrictions are the restrictions.”

“We’re in the loan market and free market and the owners are very supportive of that.

“We’ve been working behind the scenes to bring signings in and we expect one or two before Saturday. I believe if we get the right players in we’ll be OK.”

Ebere Eze had spurned a glorious chance to pull a goal back with 25 minutes left, seeing his effort blocked on the line by Adam Webster after Washington had rounded Maenpaa and cut the ball back.

Victory at Loftus Road gave the Robins their first win in 16 attempts away from home in all competitions – with their previous success on the road coming at Sheffield United on 8 December last year.

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