BRIGHT Osayi-Samuel has praised the character shown by his QPR team in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Derby County.
Rangers – who were beaten heavily by Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night – fell behind at the weekend when Martyn Waghorn curled home an unstoppable free-kick.
R’s heads didn’t go down, however, and they drew themselves level on the stroke of half-time when Osayi-Samuel won a penalty, which was converted by Ebere Eze.
The equaliser was the least that QPR deserved for their efforts and Osayi-Samuel felt that his side were unfortunate not to win the game.
“It’s actually mixed emotions of us,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. “We played very well, started off very brightly and it was disappointing for us to concede the goal because I felt that we started off very strongly and should have got something to show for it [the start].
“We showed our character again, believed that we could come back and got the goal. We believed we were capable of bouncing back, got the penalty and Ebs took it well. We played well and I think we could have come away with more than a point.”
Rangers have now recovered 12 points from losing positions so far this season, coming from behind to beat Wigan Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City. They have also fought back to earn draws with Huddersfield Town, Middlesbrough and now Derby.
Osayi-Samuel said: “Us and Derby’s lasts results were losses and both teams wanted to prove a point and I felt like that game was a good game; they had a few attacks and so did we. We showed good character and resilience to get ourselves back into it.”
The winger was also pleased with his own personal performance at Pride Park.
He said: “I wanted to play to my strengths and as soon as I got the ball I wanted to take their left-back on and help the team.
“He got a yellow card and that gave me more confidence to take him on even more. I had to be confident and not lose any belief if I lost the ball. It was a good day for me.”