Jamie Mackie has told his QPR team-mates they have to 'learn quickly' how to hold into leads – particularly away from home.

The Rs twice led at Middlesbrough last weekend through David Wheeler and Mackie himself, but were twice pegged back before Britt Assombalonga bagged a winner for Boro.

It's not the first time it's happened either, with Ian Holloway's men having led in three of their away games this season, yet are still to record their first win on the road.

“We were bitterly disappointed not to take something from the Boro game having led twice – and that’s a measure of the standards we have set in the dressing room and where we are looking to go,” Mackie told the club's website.

“With the squad Middlesbrough have they should be right up there this season, so to go there and give them a game like we did shows we’re doing something right.

“I said after the game that we have to learn quickly, and that’s been the message from the gaffer this week as well.

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“We need to do things a bit differently to what we have been doing when we are winning games away from home. We need to find a way to see games out, and I agree with that. If we can do that, maybe our fortunes will change on the road.

“People who have seen us play away from home will know that we have been in all the games, but it’s been little things that have cost us, and we’re working to eradicate those.”

The Rs return to Loftus Road tomorrow when they take on Burton Albion, and Mackie hopes their new pressing game will see the club return to winning ways.

“We are a front-foot team this season,” Mackie added. “We are at people, and it’s going to be a tough game when you play against us – that’s what we want our mantra to be.

“If we can play good football after that, then great. But first and foremost we want to be aggressive in our press around the pitch.”

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