ILIAS Chair says that QPR’s impressive comeback against Stoke City on Saturday shows how much heart the R’s squad possesses.
Rangers fell two goals behind against the struggling Potters in W12 but fought back to win thanks to goals from Jordan Hugill, Ebere Eze, Bright Osayi-Samuel and Chair himself.
The R’s have now come from behind to win games four times this season and Chair was not surprised that his team did so again at the weekend.
“That showed the heart of the team,” Chair told www.qpr.co.uk. “This team is extremely confident and hard to beat and we give 100 per cent for every scrappy thing in a game.
“We keep going now and, watching from the bench in the first half, I think we should have been in front.
“We were the better team but unfortunately we came up short to start with. They scored two goals but the confidence we had to come back meant we made it 2-2 and we obviously went on to win from there.”
Chair began the match on the substitutes bench but came on in the second half with the scores at 3-2.
He netted Rangers’ fourth goal in stoppage time to make the result safe, by burying the rebound after Ryan Manning’s low shot was not held by Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.
That made it four goals for the season for Chair, who has recently come out of Rangers’ starting XI with manager Mark Warburton citing the importance of squad rotation.
Chair said: “Every footballer wants to play but I have full confidence in the gaffer and that he knows what he is doing with me.
“I played me at the beginning of the season, he took me out [of the team] and then when I played again I scored against Hull. He’s taken me out again and now I have scored again.
“I can see that he is doing good things with me and I appreciate him for that. I am not the type of player to moan over it or give a bad vibe to the team. It just makes me want to work even harder every day and when my chance comes again I want to take it with both hands.”
Next up for QPR is a trip to high-flying Nottingham Forest on Saturday and Chair says that match is his team’s primary focus.
He said: “This team can achieve great things but we’ll take it game by game and see where we end up at the end of the season.”