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COLE Kpekawa admits a draw was difficult to take after the woodwork twice denied QPR Under-18s victory in their opening Newark Soccer International Classic clash on Tuesday.

Steve Gallen’s youngsters shared four goals with American outfit Boston Bolts after coming from behind shortly before half time.

Kpekawa levelled the scores at 2-2 with a towering header but admitted the dressing room was somewhat subdued come full time after the R’s spurned a hatful of chances to secure a precious three points.

“It’s not the best right now,” he admitted to www.qpr.co.uk, “because we know we could, and probably should, have won. 

“Then again it’s good to get a draw in the first game, so at least we didn’t lose.”

Despite enjoying prolonged spells in the opposition half after the midway interval, Rangers failed to make their dominance count.

Tyrell Mitford – who opened the scoring for the R’s – saw several efforts saved by the opposing goalkeeper while Aaron Mitchell could not have come any closer late on, smashing the crossbar from close range with the very last kick of the game.

“We just couldn’t get a goal,” Kpekawa said. “We dominated the second half but just couldn’t get that goal. 

“We had enough chances but we just couldn’t do it.”

One chance which didn’t go begging was on 40 minutes as Kpekawa rose highest to hammer home Ryan Young’s inch-perfect corner.

“I knew Ryan was going to hit the corner flat so I just told him to do it low and hard so I could get some power. 

“I just made sure I got my head onto it and fortunately it went in!”

There is little time for Kpekawa and co. to ponder on what might have been as attentions immediately turn to Wednesday’s clash with the Professional Development Academy.

After taking just one point from their opening Group A game, the young defender knows victory will be vital if the R’s are to maintain hopes of advancing through to Saturday's final.

“We just need to make sure we do the right things between now and then, rest up and prepare properly,” he added.

“Hopefully we can get the three points tomorrow.”