CHARLIE Austin says Saturday’s draw at Reading is an indication of the growing determination and belief amongst the QPR squad.
Rangers had to settle for a share of the spoils in Berkshire after Lyndon Dykes’ opener on the stroke of half-time was cancelled out by Yakou Meite.
Rangers reacted well to the equaliser, however, and were left disappointed after going close on several occasions late on to taking away maximum points.
“I think it shows the direction the football club has gone in the last couple of months,” Austin told www.qpr.co.uk.
“Going to a team in the top six in our position, we had nothing to lose really. To come away disappointed with only a point just shows the direction we want to be going.
“We could have won it but the main thing was that we didn’t lose.”
Austin’s disappointment was at least softened by the joy at seeing his strike partner find the net, with Dykes tucking away Lee Wallace’s pull-back.
“Everybody was delighted to see Dykesy score,” Austin said. “I think you saw that in not just my celebration, but everyone’s. It was a massive bonus for him and the lads are all buzzing for him.
“That’s the only thing that’s been missing from his game. He works so hard for the team so it was great to see him get that goal.”
After a hectic schedule since January, Austin is now looking forward to some momentary respite over the international break before the climax to the 2020/21 season.
“We’ve played 10 games in five weeks,” Austin added. “That said, it’s been good because we’ve been winning and when we have had the odd poor result we have bounced back from that quite quickly so that’s been important.
“Of course it’ll be nice to have a bit of a rest but then when we come back it all starts again.
“It’s about getting right and ready to go again for the last nine games. We’ve got a team target for what we want to reach and it all starts with Coventry on Good Friday.”
Austin was speaking live on Instagram, where he answered supporters’ questions after being voted February’s Player of the Month.
Reflecting on his return to W12, he admitted: “I couldn’t have asked for it to have gone any better. The team’s been playing well and I always had belief in my ability to score goals.
“It’s great to be back at a place I love so much with a smile on my face.”
R’s fans can watch our full live interview with Charlie on Instagram HERE.