TONY Mowbray admitted his Rovers side paid for conceding poor goals as they were well beaten at Queens Park Rangers.

The hosts ran out 4-2 winners on a day where the Rovers defence was badly exposed and a 15-game unbeaten run against QPR came to an end.

Burnley loanee Nahki Wells broke the deadlock after a poor opening half an hour with Eberechi Eze doubling the advantage early in the second half.

Bradley Dack did pull a goal back from the penalty spot just before the hour mark only for Bright Osayi-Samuel to restore the two-goal advantage almost immediately.

Jordan Hugill made it 4-1 with 13 minutes to play before Adam Armstrong marked his 200th career appearance with a 50th goal late on in what proved little more than a consolation.

Mowbray admitted that after a first half deadlock he tried to open things up in the second period, only for his side to pay the price.

“The first half was a pretty stodgy game,” the Rovers boss said.

“They were trying to play on the counter attack, with their two banks of four they are a threat on the transition.

“They defended pretty well so we tried to change things and give them some more problems second half but they are good at what they do.

“They sit lots of men behind the ball and break, and today when our defenders were exposed we got found out a little bit.

“We could have kept it as tight as we did first half and it might have finished 1-0 because it didn’t look like we were going to score.

“We tried to make the game a bit more stretched and see if we could score a goal. We did, we scored two and could have had a few more I think.

“But ultimately you can’t lose the goals that we did and that was what cost us the game.”

Rovers were without Lewis Travis due to a hamstring injury with both Greg Cunningham and Darragh Lenihan limping off at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

The pair’s involvement with the Republic of Ireland during the international break is now in doubt.