QPR make winning start under new head coach Critchley – Dunne’s header seals maximum points at Preston

Neil Critchley was delighted with QPR’s performance in their 1-0 win against Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon.

Jimmy Dunne’s second-half header gave the R’s all three points in Critchley’s first game in charge as head coach after the departure of Mick Beale to Rangers last month.

Critchley said: “We had to show two sides to our game today. We were good in the first half, we had control of the game, looked the most dangerous team and hit the post.

“In the second half we scored from a corner that we worked on yesterday in training, which shows you that details matter in this league.

“Then we have had to put our bodies on the line and block and defend – we did that manfully.

“To come away from home against a team that is in form, keep a clean sheet and get three points is a great start for us.

“We have worked on the training ground this week, in terms of how we want to defend. That was one of our messages to the players – we have got to improve at both ends of the pitch if we want to be towards the top end of this table.

“We have either got to score more goals or be better at keeping clean sheets. Coming away and keeping a clean sheet gives you a chance to win the game.

“It is unbelievably cold, proper northern weather and there have been train strikes, so for the fans to be able to be here to celebrate the victory at the end with the players was a great feeling.

“It took us nearly seven hours to get up here yesterday, so you really appreciate the journey the fans have been on, the money they have spent.

“I have said I want a team on the pitch that the fans can identify with – win, lose or draw. I want them to see a team that will give everything. The supporters that were here today have seen a team that has given everything.”

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