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Sousa ready to invest

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By Rob Carragher.   Last Updated: 28/12/08 7:00pm

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Sousa: eyeing signings

Sousa: eyeing signings

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QPR manager Paulo Sousa has admitted that there is room for improvement from his side after they played out a goalless draw with Watford at Loftus Road.

Sousa fielded a much changed side as he attempted to rotate his squad, but the fresh legs did not reap reward as they failed to defeat the Championship strugglers.

"I'm a little bit disappointed with the first half," Sousa conceded.

"At half-time we made some adjustments and the team then began to control the game and make some chances. Sometimes a team just needs to have that killer instinct.

"I made a lot of changes because we had two games in two days and I have faith in my squad. I didn't want to risk some important players getting injured."

Different systems

The failure of the backup players has prompted calls for January investment, and Sousa has revealed that signings have been lined up.

"We have identified our targets," he added.

"We know what we want and if it's possible to get them in January I will be happy, but if they don't come I am happy with the players I have and happy to work with them.

"I want to have the opportunity to play with different systems and give us the possibility to play in different ways."


Meanwhile, recently appointed Watford boss Brendan Rodgers has hailed his team's performance against one of the league's better teams.

"I was really pleased. I thought we were terrific - especially in the first half," beamed Rodgers.

"We came to a difficult place to play and I felt we were very good. The second half was a bit more even but a point was still the least we deserved.

"It was very important that we kept a clean sheet. We're the fourth highest scorers in the division but if you look at the defensive side, that's not been so good.

"If we're going to aspire to be better then we have to defend better as a team, and today we did very well.

"Anyone who has watched us recently will see there has been an improvement."

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