QPR technical director Chris Ramsey has said that the under-23s need to improve their concentration levels if they are to make the step up to the first team.
Despite an encouraging start, the Hoops let a 1-0 lead slip and eventually lost 5-1 against Colchester United under-23s in a horror show at Harlington.
Speaking to GetWestLondon after the game, Ramsey, who was leading the team, said the team let their standards slip.
He said: "It looked like it was going to be a one-sided affair. We could have got four or five in the first 10-15 minutes and I think we thought that it was going to be an easy game, and we sunk to the level of the game, which to be fair to them, they punished us for not taking our chances and maintaining the performance that we were carrying out in the first quarter of the game.
“We let ourselves down by not maintaining our standards. We could have continued to try and play the ball in the way that we need to. We played too many long balls too often and didn’t fight enough for the balls that dropped for us. We let ourselves down.”
The young Hoops have been outstanding for long spells this season, but Ramsey was keen to bring the team back down to earth, saying they need to improve their mentality if they are to challenge for the first team.
He said: "If they want to play in the first team, they can’t afford to lose concentration and can’t afford to get some wrapped up in the initial performance when they were very much on top.
“They can’t do that. They have to do the good things all the time and they didn’t. That’s why we ended up in the situation we did.”