ARMAND Traore put pen to paper on a new deal at Loftus Road on Friday, extending his stay in W12 for another two years following his move from Arsenal in the summer of 2011.
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, we’ve selected five key games from his 76 appearances for the R’s which have helped shape his time with us.
1) Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, QPR 3 – 17/09/11 – Premier League
Rangers went nap at Molineux to record their second win of the 2011/12 Premier League season.
First half goals from Joey Barton and Alejandro Faurlin set the tone, as Neil Warnock’s side eased into a two goal lead.
In a keenly-contested second half, it was the roaming Traore who turned provider for DJ Campbell to notch the R’s third of the afternoon, racing down the left wing and delivering the ball on a plate for his team-mate.
2) Stoke City 2, QPR 3 – 19/11/11 – Premier League
Traore’s ability to deliver from wide areas was clear for all to see in the R’s 3-2 win at Stoke City in November 2011.
Rangers were 2-1 up at the break thanks to goals from Luke Young and Heidar Helguson, but with many expecting a second half onslaught from the hosts, it was the R’s who bagged the all-important fourth goal of the game thanks to a piece of excellent wide play from Traore.
Galloping down the left wing, the Senegalese international got to the by-line and delivered an expert cross which Helguson headed home in style.
3) Manchester City 3, QPR 2 – 13/05/12 – Premier League
On an afternoon few football fans will ever forget, Traore’s role in Rangers’ second goal at the Etihad Stadium is probably unfairly overlooked.
With the score tied at 1-1, the Rangers winger left Pablo Zabaleta trailing in his wake down the left flank before curling over an inviting centre for Jackie Mackie to head beyond the hapless Joe Hart.
Late, late drama – as we all now know – followed, but Traore more than played his part as Rangers survived on an incredible final day.
4) Ipswich Town 1, QPR 3 – 11/01/14 – Championship
Back in the Championship following the R’s relegation from the Premier League, Traore showed his class in the away fixture at Ipswich.
Clint Hill’s hoof up field wasn’t dealt with by the Tractor Boys back four and Traore capitalised, racing onto a defensive error before expertly sliding the ball beyond Dean Gerken for the R’s third goal of the afternoon.
5) Derby County 0, QPR 1 – 24/05/14 – Championship Play-Off Final
Despite being named on the bench for the R’s Championship Play-Off Final against Derby County, Traore would go on to play a crucial role in the winner-takes-all clash with the Rams.
Replacing the injured Niko Kranjcar shortly after the half hour mark, Traore would eventually end up playing the final 23 minutes at left-back following Gary O’Neil’s dismissal and Clint Hill’s consequent withdrawal.
With Steve McClaren’s men throwing everything at the Hoops in a one-sided second half, Traore and co. stood firm, before Bobby Zamora sent 40,000-plus R’s fans wild with the most memorable of late, late winners.