Steve McClaren must address ill-discipline after QPR's cup exit

Steve McClaren the manager of Queens Park Rangers reacts during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Blackpool and Queens Park Rangers at Bloomfield Road on September 25, 2018 in...

Jordan Cousins saw red and Josh Scowen was hauled off early on as Queens Park Rangers limped out of the league cup.

Jordan Cousins of Queens Park Rangers is sent off by referee Tim Robinson as Steve McClaren the manager of Queens Park Rangers looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between...

Queens Park Rangers boss Steve McClaren saw his side go down 2-0 to Blackpool in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday as the west Londoners' poor cup form continues.

McClaren watched his side reduced to ten men after Jordan Cousins saw red on 70 minutes, with Rangers having four players booked and clocking up 22 fouls on the night, according to BBC Sport

 

The stats demonstrate the lack of discipline shown from QPR and this is an area that McClaren will need to look into. It could prove vital over a demanding Championship season. 

The R's were poor throughout the Bloomfield Road encounter and their frustrations began to show with the number of fouls conceded, while Josh Scowen was subbed early on. 

Steve McClaren the manager of Queens Park Rangers looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Blackpool and Queens Park Rangers at Bloomfield Road on September 25, 2018 in...

The midfielder was booked after a lunging tackle saw him escape a straight red and he was replaced by Sean Goss on 25 minutes. Cousins got his second yellow for an off the ball incident. 

QPR fans will be disappointed with the way their side performed, but the obvious lack of discipline could be cause for concern over the course of the season. Scowen and Cousins should certainly know better. 

Niko Hamalainen of Queens Park Rangers holds off a challenge from Ollie Turton of Blackpool during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Blackpool and Queens Park Rangers at Bloomfield...

A trip to Swansea City is up next for McClaren's men and, although many changes will be made for the game, those involved against Blackpool will need to improve their discipline over the coming weeks. 

Rangers are likely to struggle this season and their cause will not be helped if players are needlessly suspended. McClaren must do his utmost to keep everybody in line and focused on the task in hand. 

Callum Guy of Blackpool holds off a challenge from Pawel Wszolek of Queens Park Rangers during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Blackpool and Queens Park Rangers at Bloomfield...

 

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