FEW players were more determined to have a good game against Norwich City than Tjaronn Chery after his penalty miss.
The Dutchman sent his fourth-minute spot-kick wide after Martin Olsson was sent off for handling on the goal-line.
Despite that disappointment – it was his first competitive miss from 12 yards – Chery went on to produce a scintillating display as QPR ran out 2-1 winners against the Canaries on Ian Holloway’s return to the Loftus Road dugout.
“It was a really nice game, the only thing that was disappointing for me was the penalty miss,” Chery told www.qpr.co.uk.
“But the way we played, and the way the manager wants us to play, is great. Every player is really excited for this.”
There was a lengthy delay between referee Scott Duncan awarding the penalty and the spot-kick actually been taken, as Olsson protested his innocence before heading down the tunnel.
On reflection, Chery admits the delay had an impact on him, and in future he will prepare differently.
“I put the ball down and had to wait for five minutes before I could take it,” he recalls.
“This was a problem for me. If this happens again, I will keep the ball in my hands until everybody is clear, then I will put the ball down and take the penalty.”
The 28 year-old had successfully converted six penalties for the R’s prior to Saturday’s miss, but he is adamant that he remains the spot-kick king for QPR.
“I will make sure the next one goes in,” he said. “I am still on penalties, no-one is taking this off me. The next one I will make sure I score, the fans know this.”
R’s boss Holloway spoke afterwards about how impressed he was by Chery’s reaction to the early set-back, and the Dutchman admitted: “When you miss a penalty like that so early in the game, you have to be mentally strong to deal with this.
“There were still 88 minutes to go and it was important that I recovered.
“Of course I was disappointed but I knew I could do more to have an impact on the game, and you saw this with my pass for Seb’s goal.”
Chery produced a sublime throughball to set Sebastian Polter up for Rangers’ second of the afternoon in the 21st minute after Conor Washington had broken the deadlock six minutes earlier.
Chery recalls: “James Perch gave me the ball on the right and I saw Seb running in behind, and there was a little space between him and the centre back. It was a good ball, I was pleased with this.”
For Holloway’s first game at the helm, the R’s started the game with three at the back, using wingbacks and allowing Chery to operate in behind two strikers.
But while it is the likes of Chery and goalscorers Washington and Polter who have been receiving the plaudits, Chery believes other people in the side deserve credit for helping the R’s make a winning starter under their new boss.
“Nobody speaks about Perchy but he was fantastic with the way he played,” he said.
“It is like this when I played out on the right as well – he is always overlapping so gives me so much space.
“It is the same on the left. We have so much space with this formation, and by having three at the back, we have two strikers, and me in the ‘ten’ role. We get the ball so much, it is great.”