QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was upbeat despite the 2-1 defeat to Sunderland in the EFL Cup, believing there were a lot of positives to take out of the game.
A brace from Paddy McNair saw the Black Cats through to the fourth round after they had fallen behind on the hour mark through a volley from QPR midfielder Sandro.
He said: "Firstly, I think it was a brilliant game. Secondly, I am proud of my players.
"We scored a good goal, we always knew at 75 minutes that certain players would run out of steam.
"I think we were unlucky with the first goal, we always knew it was going to be a difficult game.
"I wanted to try to win, my players tried. Let's not forget we played with a young left-back and a very young right-back (Niko Hamalainen and Osman Kakay) and they were magnificent.
"We knew they would be tired and that showed, but I am proud of them.
"If we are going to lose, this is the way to do it. We had grit and we were almost there."