- Chris Ramsey pleased to bounce back from heavy defeat at Manchester City
- Goals from Matt Phillips and Leroy Fer saw the R’s come back from behind to beat Newcastle
- Victory meant already-relegated Rangers finished Premier League home campaign on a high
HEAD coach Chris Ramsey dedicated his side’s win over Newcastle United to the QPR fans, as goals from Matt Phillips and Leroy Fer helped complete a 2-1 triumph at Loftus Road.
Already-relegated Rangers bounced back from their horror show at Manchester City last Sunday, a 6-0 defeat, to win it in the second half after Emmanuel Riviere gave the visitors a half-time lead.
Speaking soon after the final whistle in W12 – and the Hoops’ final home fixture of the Premier League campaign, Ramsey told www.qpr.co.uk
: “It was important to finish here with a win for the fans.
“They’ve been absolutely fantastic all season.
“I was very pleased with the players’ reaction to adversity. We knew we let ourselves down with our performance last weekend.
“But I was pleased that the players showed the fans that we’re looking forward now. Next season is going to be very important for the football club.
“In the first half, we weren’t great. We didn’t perform the way we wanted to. There was plenty of effort, we just lacked the quality.
“However, in the second half, we played with a little bit more flow in our game.”
LEVEL: Matt Phillips scores with a header to make it 1-1
Phillips and Fer combined for the latter to win it with a simply stunning effort from 30 yards in the 61st minute.
Ramsey added: “Leroy’s got that in his locker. He scored one like that earlier in the season, before he got injured.
“To a man, we put it in today. The players knew they owed the fans this one after last week’s performance.”
Rangers were much-improved after the break, with a double substitution at half-time having a positive effect.
Yun Suk-Young and youngster Reece Grego-Cox were introduced for the second period.
Ramsey admitted he would like youth to play a part next season – if it’s right.
“We have to be sensible,” he continued. “We can only play youngsters if they’re good enough, to ensure that the club doesn’t slide down the divisions.
“But we’d like to have a number of young players at the club play in the first team, yes.”
WINNER: Leroy Fer scores to make it 2-1 to QPR
So what does the future hold for QPR, and Ramsey himself?
The 53-year-old’s current contract runs until the end of this season. He has openly admitted that he would like to stay on as boss, but said he is keen to finish the campaign well at Leicester City next weekend, first and foremost.
“There’s one more game to go,” he added. “We have to be professional about things, and perform well.
“There’ll be a number of our fans travelling. We can’t let them down.
“Regarding my own future, I’m sure I’ll found out soon what’s happening to me.”
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