‘We did enough’ – Cifuentes reacts to QPR ending winless run in 2-0 Millwall victory

Marti Cifuentes felt QPR were deserving of their 2-0 win against Millwall on Saturday as an eight-game run without a victory came to an end.

Goals from Ilias Chair and Sinclair Armstrong earned Rangers moved Cifuentes’ side to within three points of Championship safety.

A game of little quality was brought to life thanks to Chair’s 27th-minute opener, and QPR noticeably looked more confident from that point onwards as they restricted the visitors to very few opportunities to score.

“When I think about how many chances we conceded, the natural result is to get a victory today,” said Cifuentes.

“Perhaps against Watford [in the 2-1 defeat last weekend], we had a similar feeling, but we conceded from the only two kicks that they had, and it meant we couldn’t get three points.

“We did enough to win the game. There was a lot of tension in the first 25 minutes and a lot of unforced mistakes.

“The first goal gave us the calmness that we needed. From there to the end of the first half and the beginning of the second we played at a really good level.

“We need to praise the guys not only for today’s performance and effort but because in all of the games we have never given up.

“I have never had the feeling that the team is accepting defeat. It has been very close in all of the games since I took over.”

The result means that QPR can move out of the bottom three for the first time since September with a win against fellow strugglers Huddersfield next weekend.

However, Cifuentes showed no signs of getting carried away ahead of the last of a sequence of five consecutive matches at Loftus Road.

“No matter the result next week, it is still going to be a huge task in front of us,” he said.

“It’s an important game, as it was today. This will be a difficult effort from everybody [to stay up]. We need to get a lot of victories, not only one next week.

“I am going to push as much as I can to get three points but we are aware that there is still a lot of work to do.”

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