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Bradshaw: "We know where we need to improve."

7 March 2017

Tom Bradshaw spoke to the media following the 2-1 defeat to QPR at Loftus Road..

An eighth goal of the season having come on as a second half substitute wasn't enough to see the Reds to a positive result and the Welsh international felt disappointed leaving Loftus Road without anything to show for the night's work.

"It's frustrating" he told us. "I don't think we played as well as we can play today. I think we made errors for both goals if I'm honest. It's just really disappointing and we've lost the game. I don't know how the first has gone in really, it's seemingly hit the back of his heel and crept in. 

"We're not getting the rub of the green at the moment in terms of luck but I'm sure that will change if we put in the effort and improve our standards. We weren't at our best today."

QPR were limited in terms of efforts on goal but still claimed all three points thanks to two quite fortunate goals. Bradshaw believes the Reds are better than they showed this evening and is confident of getting back on track next weekend.

He said: "I don't think you can fault the effort from the boys, it was just one of those things, it wasn't our day today. The luck went against us at times and we were a little bit sloppy with the ball. But we know where we need to improve and we'll be doing everything we can to do that in time for Saturday at Oakwell."

Introduced late in the second half, Bradshaw got himself on the score sheet and whilst pleased to grab another goal for the Reds his frustration was clear when asked about the finish that gave Barnsley a life-line with 10 minutes remaining.

"I've come on and done as the Gaffer asked and gone on to help the team and got the goal but I think it came a little bit too late for us and we've lost the game so, it's disappointing really. 

"I think Hedgy (Ryan Hedges) has got a little touch on the way through and it's fell nicely for me and it was a really simple finish. 

"That's what I do best, I try and score goals. But it's about winning games and tonight we've failed so we need to get back to that focus really, starting on Saturday against Ipswich."

With that goal taking him to eight for the season - his first at Championship level - Tom was asked about his season as a whole so far and pointed to the step up in levels being key in the context of measuring performances whilst admitting that he can't not be pleased with his Reds goal return at this point.

He explained: "It was always going to be a season for me where I needed to learn the league, get used to my teammates and how to score goals best at this level. I think in my first season in League One I only scored seven goals for Shrewsbury so, I think it's all about learning the league and then pushing on from there, but I'm happy with eight goals so far considering all that."

You can see Tom Bradshaw's interview in full over on Barnsley Player HD.

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