QPR 0-3 Bristol City: Steve McClaren's side suffer fourth consecutive defeat
Steve McClaren's QPR suffer fourth consecutive defeat in the Sky Bet Championship
Last Updated: 21/08/18 11:03pm
QPR fans turned on Steve McClaren as Bristol City cruised to a 3-0 victory over his struggling side at Loftus Road, where Andreas Weimann scored twice.
Matty Taylor's goal four minutes before the interval put the Robins ahead and Weimann doubled their lead five minutes into the second half.
Weimann scored again in injury time - the Austrian's fourth goal in as many Sky Bet Championship games since his arrival from Derby.
Rangers, bottom of the table and beaten 7-1 by West Brom on Saturday, have lost all four of their league games since McClaren replaced the sacked Ian Holloway as manager and their shortcomings in defence were all too evident once again.
Taylor opened the scoring when he collected the ball near the right touchline and was allowed to score from a tight angle.
He got the better of Jake Bidwell, who slipped, before firing through the legs of Alex Baptiste and past goalkeeper Matt Ingram, who should have done better.
QPR's defending for the second goal was arguably even worse. Niclas Eliasson sent in a cross from the left and Weimann, unmarked, nodded past Ingram.
Josh Brownhill set up the third, retrieving the loose ball after he had been denied at point-blank range by Ingram and pulling it back from the right for Weimann to score with ease.
Rangers had made a decent start and Conor Washington had a chance to put them ahead.
Recent signing Angel Rangel, making his debut, crossed from the right and the ball dropped to Washington, who turned away from Jack Hunt but fired straight at goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa.
Earlier, the hosts were presented with an opening when Maenpaa's clearance fell straight to Massimo Luongo, who teed up Ebere Eze. Maenpaa atoned by gathering the young forward's shot.
However, Rangers always looked fragile at the back and before going behind they had a major let-off when Eliasson side-footed a volley over the bar after being found unmarked by Taylor's right-wing cross.
There was no escape for McClaren's side when Taylor again found space on the right and this time helped himself to a goal.
Worse followed for Rangers soon after the restart, when Weimann's simple finish effectively sealed Bristol City's first win at Loftus Road since 1977.
McClaren was then barracked by some of the home supporters as he made a double substitution on the hour mark, bringing on Matt Smith and Jordan Cousins for Pawel Wszolek and Luongo.
Washington created a great chance for Rangers to pull a goal back at 2-0 when he burst through on the left, rounded Maenpaa and squared the ball to Eze, who hesitated and saw his shot blocked by Adam Webster.
Steve McClaren: "It (being booed) is society now. It's the reaction and this is normal. It's not been a good start. Am i determined to put this right? Yes. I knew this was a tough job and it wouldn't happen overnight.
"The message to the supporters, and it's a difficult one, is patience. We're in the loan market and free market and the owners are very supportive of that and that's the key message to the supporters, who might not think that.
"We've been working behind the scenes to bring signings in and we expect one or two before Saturday. But certainly the next 10 days are big, because we have talent and potential out there. At the present moment we're suffering. But I believe if we get the right players in we'll be OK."
Lee Johnson: "I think our fans enjoyed the commitment of the performance. It wasn't beautiful like we want it to be, but you have to get those tough away wins.
"It was just important we won, for the players more than anything. I'm fine because I know we're a new team. A new team needs that buzz of three points, so it was a big win today for a number of reasons."