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Heidar Helguson gave a stark assessment of the 2008-09 season and indicated that finishing was the sides major downfall - not injuries.

The Icelandic international only has eyes for Championship glory next season but believes Rangers - himself included - have to sharpen up in front of goal to achieve this.

Speaking to QPR.co.uk the former Watford and Bolton striker gave a damning assessment of his own displays and the performances of QPR this season.

He said: 'I believe this season was a disappointment,

'I think all the players feel that way because we should have done better.

'With the squad we have here, we should have made the play-offs, there's no doubt about that.

'And if we made no changes to this current squad I am confident we would finish in the top-six next year.

'The target next season is simple - promotion. That has to be the aim.'

The Icelandic international made 15 starts for Rangers, coming from the bench five times over two spells scoring five goals.

The onus was on Helguson to perform following injuries to Patrick Agyemang and the release of Dexter Blackstock on loan - but he struggled to live up to the pressure, failing to score in his final ten games of the season with his final goals coming in January against Blackpool.

'We didn't score enough goals, it's as simple as that,' Helguson continued.

'Personally, if I had taken more of my chances I'm confident I would have scored ten or 15.

'I missed loads of opportunities, and that's a real disappointment for me.

'Creating chances was never a problem for us - we created loads. We just didn't take them, and that's where we went wrong.

'Everybody has injuries. We had our fair share, but this squad is big enough and we should have been able to handle it.

'If you look at the games when we had some key players out, we still created lots of chances. We just didn't take them.

'In my opinion, that's why we didn't do better this season, not because of injuries.'

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Date:Saturday May 16 2009

Time: 11:15AM

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Admirable, takes some guts to admit your faults like this. I'm looking forward to seeing him with a good pre-season behind and getting some confidence back in front of goal. He is a good player going through a tough patch, he'll prove that next season I think. I just hope 'supporters' give him time.
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16/05/2009 13:57:00

"Personally, if I had taken more of my chances I'm confident I would have scored ten or 15." I am glad he admitted that but I still doubt he had the ability to finsh most of these clear cut chances he missed.
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16/05/2009 19:10:00

He has done it before for Watford, so I'm fully confident he can - I was all for bringing him in and a baron spell won't change my mind on that one. Personally so called supporters have disgraced themselves, here was a player in need of cajoling and support, he worked hard and had a hard time finishing. Boooooooo
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16/05/2009 20:41:00

He's going to have to get off to a flier next season or he'll find those supporter on his back again pretty quickly. I wish him well for our sakes. Boxer, what do you think about Lita ?
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17/05/2009 18:27:00

I think he'd be a poor signing, contrary to what other people think. From what I gather from a few people I have spoken to the bloke has a lousy attitude. At the end of the day we're looking to finish above or on parity with Reading next season, why would we want someone they didn't deem good enough for most of the season?
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17/05/2009 20:04:00

Why is it that only people who love Hell-guson for his abysmal finishing and lackadaisical work ethic can now be qualified as fans? The man is a pathetic excuse for a footballer and him admitting that he should have scored loads this season doesn't make him a better player, it just shows that he isn't blind after all. Who else can get a chance 3 yards out, unmarked and manage to screw the ball out for a throw-in?? I'm tired of people constantly giving him excuses- he has not future in professional football in my opinion and he's gonna have to start playing bloody well if he's to turn that around.
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