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08:00 28th February 2016


Aussie midfielder’s thoughts following Birmingham win …

  • QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo turned in a man-of-the-match-type performance on Saturday, as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s men beat Birmingham City 2-0 at Loftus Road
  • Goals from Tjaronn Chery and Junior Hoilett (penalty) handed the Hoops victory
  • Rangers, now up to 11th after a five-point return over the past week, are back in Championship action at MK Dons next Saturday
MASS Luongo was in jovial mood after turning in an impressive display during QPR’s 2-0 Sky Bet Championship win over Birmingham City yesterday (Saturday).

First-half goals from Tjaronn Chery and Junior Hoilett (penalty) saw the R’s overcome their play-off chasing visitors in W12, moving Rangers up to 11th place in the table in the process.

Shortly after the full-time whistle, Luongo told “It was a well-deserved win – and an enjoyable one, as well.

“When we got the ball down, we looked good. 

“The second goal just before half-time helped a lot. It took the pressure off a little going into the second half. It made us more secure.

“But we always had our eyes open still. If you don’t do that, then you’ll be punished.

“After half-time, we kept our shape and we kept on doing what we did in the first half. 

“We can look forward now. After two draws on the bounce, it was nice to give the fans a deserved win.”

Indeed, victory followed consecutive away draws against Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton Wanderers respectively over the past seven days.

Luongo admitted his legs were rather weary before kick-off – but that didn’t stop the Australian international from turning in a fine performance.

He said: “To be honest, my legs were sore! But come game day, I was fine. Everyone helped each other out there.

“The manager made three changes to the team, and I think that helped. Having [Tjaronn] Chery in there offers you something different. You can give him the ball, and you know he’ll take care of it. He’ll also threaten. It gives the opposition something to worry about. 

“Having him and Junior [Hoilett] in there, as well as Matty [Phillips, who retained his place] was great for us.

“The back four, unchanged, also did really, really well. So it’s positive signs.

“I’m happy for Chery. He’s been in and out of the team. I’m sure he’ll be pleased with his goal and performance.”

Rangers are back in Championship action next Saturday, with a trip to Milton Keynes Dons on the horizon.

“We want to keep pushing,” Luongo said, “and keep building on what we’ve been working on in training. Let’s see where that takes us.

“I’m certainly going to enjoy my Sunday!”

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