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11:00 6th March 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Ladies boss takes heart from Brighton display ...

MARTINO CHEVANNES commended his side’s resolve after QPR Ladies fought back to earn a 2-2 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.

Rangers conceded twice in quick succession either side of half-time before R's striker Kim Meadows secured a share of the spoils.

Elly Maggs had earlier fired the visitors into the lead who, Chevannes admitted, were somewhat aggrieved not to leave the south coast with maximum points.

“The players were disappointed to draw. Happy but disappointed at the same time; we felt we should have won,” the R's boss told

“We looked threatening throughout the game and, with a bit more quality in front of goal, we could have run out comfortable winners in the end. 

"That’s the difference, fine margins.”

Maggs' 8th-minute opener was just rewards for a bright start by the R's before Catherine O’Hagan’s quick-fire double fired the hosts ahead.

Chevannes admitted his side could not have conceded at a worse time but was delighted with their second-half response.

He added: “Their equaliser was obviously bad timing, it was a bit of a sucker punch.

"But we didn’t let our heads go down and kept plugging away. 

"We showed great character to get back into the game."

Rangers travelled to the Withdean Stadium fresh from a 3-1 defeat to the Seagulls on home soil a week earlier and Chevannes was determined to not suffer a repeat result.

The R’s boss admitted a point apiece went some way towards making amends for coming away empty-handed in the reverse fixture.

“The manner of the three goals we conceded in the last game, all from dead-ball situations, was still firmly in mind and how we could have prevented it,” he said.

“We wanted to make sure we didn’t make the same mistakes again and fortunately we didn’t. We made sure we rectified the errors.”

Sunday’s draw closed the gap to safety to six points ahead of the R's trip to Gillingham on Sunday.

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