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CHRIS RAMSEY'S RELIEF FOLLOWING MK DONS VICTORY

  • Head Coach revels in Rangers’ victory
  • Ramsey full of praise for second consecutive clean sheet
  • Emmanuel-Thomas on target yet again in W12

QPR Head Coach Chris Ramsey admitted to feeling relieved at the full-time whistle, as Rangers eased to a 3-0 victory against MK Dons at Loftus Road.


Second half goals from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Matty Phillips and substitute Junior Hoilett won it for the hosts, as the Hoops kept themselves in touching distance of the play-offs with a resounding win in W12.


"Today was a big day for us," Ramsey told www.qpr.co.uk.


"We've shot ourselves in the foot too many times this season, but today we showed we can defend as a unit and attack on the front foot.


"I thought we were good value for the win and the margin of the victory in the end."


The R's orchestrated proceedings the first half, but despite their dominance, it remained goalless at the break.


Early in the second half, Rob Green made a key save at 0-0 - before Rangers ran riot late on, with three goals in the final 20 minutes.


"You can't underestimate the importance of Rob's save at 0-0," said Ramsey.


"His concentration levels came to the fore in that instance and soon after we were a goal up and on our way to winning the game.


"He showed what a top class keeper he is with that save."


Ramsey added: "I thought we dominated the first half and probably could have been a goal or two up at the break.


"They found a way back into it in the second period, but our subs came on and had an impact and we got the three goals our overall performance probably deserved."


Emmanuel-Thomas's goal - his fifth of the season - was the undoubted highlight, with a sublime piece of individual skill creating the opportunity, before he beat David Martin from close range.


"Jay's goal was fantastic - a brilliant piece of individual skill, a decent touch and a good finish," said Ramsey.


"I was really impressed with his overall performance today - both in an attacking sense and in the defensive third."


The R's 3-0 win made it four points at Loftus Road this week, following Tuesday's goalless draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday.


Ramsey added: "We've worked on the defensive side of our game over the last few weeks and I think the last two performances have shown that if we get that right, it gives us a platform from which to build.


"We've still got work to do from that point of view, but tonight we've got to celebrate what we've achieved today.


"It's a relief to end the week with a win - now we've got to move on to Brentford on Friday."


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