JAMIE Mackie has seen most things in his time as a QPR player – who can forget his winner against Liverpool in the last minute, or his late, late leveller versus Derby County?
On Monday night, he witnessed another QPR late show, as Rangers scored twice in the final two minutes of second half stoppage-time to claim a remarkable draw against Brentford at Loftus Road.
Having been replaced in the 73rd minute, Mackie admits he was ‘kicking every ball’ from the bench, as Ian Holloway’s side showed their never-say-die spirit to secure a share of the spoils in W12.
“For this young group, that's a massive thing to come back like that,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.
“I remember the Derby game and the Liverpool comeback – we had experienced players in those teams – but this is a young group of lads, so to come back as we did shows incredible spirit.
“Some of the younger lads might not have experienced anything like that before and that tells you a lot about their character and their personalities.
“We keep fighting to the end – and whilst we're disappointed not to have taken all three points in the derby, it's a point from a game we were really dead and buried in, so our tails are up.”
He added: “I was kicking every ball from the bench.
“It's not about who's on the pitch when you turn a game around like that.
“It's about being a squad – and we showed the importance of that on Monday night.”
If ever a game summed up the unpredictable nature of the Sky Bet Championship, this was it – as Mackie acknowledged.
“In this league, anything can happen!” he said.
“They were dropping deep. I was on the bench and I could sense we were getting back into it.
“It's never finished at 2-0. If it goes 3-0 and we're kamikaze and all over the place, then absolutely you think it's done.
“But 2-0 is a dangerous scoreline in any game, at any time.
“It isn’t going to happen every week, don't get me wrong, but it happens a lot more in the Championship than you'd think.
“That's how crazy this division is!”
Mackie added: "Were we two goals worse than them? I didn't think so.
“I felt we had a couple of nailed-on penalties not given, and we're just not getting the rub of the green with those big calls at the moment.
“It's funny – I've been in football a long time and at QPR a long time, games like that might change it around for us.
“We might get a change of luck now, who knows?”