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08:55 22nd March 2016


Skipper’s verdict after Deepdale draw …

  • QPR captain Nedum Onuoha spoke of a positive mood throughout the camp after this weekend’s 1-1 draw at Preston North End – despite a stoppage-time equaliser denying Rangers victory
  • Seb Polter gave QPR a fifth-minute lead
  • But Eoin Doyle struck a late leveller for the hosts, depriving the R’s of a third-straight Championship success
NEDUM Onuoha told of QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s praise following the full-time whistle at Preston on Saturday – despite a 92nd-minute goal denying the R’s all three points.
Sebastian Polter’s fifth-minute header gave Rangers an early lead, and it looked like a maximum return was heading in the direction of west London before Eoin Doyle inflicted late heartache.
Nevertheless, Hoops captain Onuoha told that Hasselbaink was still complimentary afterwards, with the Preston point – and positive performance – following back-to-back home triumphs over Brentford and Derby County.
“We were disappointed to come away with only a point in the end,” Onuoha said. “We led from the fifth minute right up until the 92nd.
“They were pushing players forward towards the end, but Alex Smithies pointed out afterwards that it was one of the quietest games he’s ever had.
“The manager (Hasselbaink) was still relatively happy, to be honest – he praised our commitment. We tried to do things in the right way and we stuck to our game plan.
“It didn’t quite work out in terms of a win, that can be the case in football, but I think we’re definitely heading in the right direction.”
He continued: “It was a marked difference from our previous away game at MK Dons, which ended in defeat after a very-disappointing performance in the second half there.
“So we needed a better away performance, and it was. Hopefully next time we can go one step further on the road and take all three points.
“We’re in quite-good form at present, as good as we have been in for a while. And we’re not playing well by chance. Going into every game now, we’re feeling good.
“I think we’re getting better with every week that passes. We’re gaining more of an identity now, in terms of our style of play. In years gone by, maybe we didn’t have that.
“But whoever is in the side plays the same way now, doing what’s required.”
This weekend’s international break means Rangers return to league action on April 1st, with the live Sky Sports cameras set to be in attendance at Loftus Road for the visit of high-flying Middlesbrough (kick-off 7.45pm).
“It will be good to have a break in fixtures, so that we can work hard on what will see us through for the rest of the season,” Onuoha explained.
“The games come so thick and fast, and it’s hard to work on certain things when that’s the case.
“It (Middlesbrough) should be a decent game. When we played them towards the end of 2015, we were very unlucky to lose 1-0, going down to an injury-time penalty.
“However, I’d like to think that we’re much-improved now. We need to make sure it’s a tough game for them, on our own patch. I fully believe that it will be.”
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