Clean sheet pleases skipper Onuoha

QPR skipper Nedum Onuoha admitted he took great satisfaction from the R’s clean sheet against Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.

Onuoha was in inspired form at the heart of the Hoops back-five, leading by example to stifle the threat of Sky Bet Championship top-scorer Chris Wood, who was left feeding on scraps as Rangers more than matched their high-flying opponents in West Yorkshire.

In truth, Rangers dominated for long spells against the Whites, and could – and perhaps should – have left with maximum points.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Onuoha said: “It was a really good team performance.

“Obviously we’d have liked to take the chances we created, but defensively we were really in good form.

“Alex (Smithies) didn’t have a single save to make and that says it all.

“Defensively we felt very solid, as a collective.

“I think the front players will be disappointed not to take their chances. But I’m happy with the clean sheet and the point, which keeps our run going.”

Onuoha was full of praise for the R’s team display at Elland Road – a stadium he described as ‘one of the hardest places in English football’ to play at, adding: “It’s a very tough place to go.

“Credit to the players. Elland Road is one of the hardest places in English football to play, so credit to everyone, especially those who haven’t played at Leeds before, because it can be quite difficult.

“Fair play to everyone, it was an exceptional performance – probably one of the best of the season.”

The draw continued QPR’s improved run of form in recent weeks, and Onuoha can see the confidence and belief flowing through the squad.

“Confidence is high, but that comes with results,” he said.

“We’re in a nice run of form and enjoying our football – and I think the fans are enjoying what they’re seeing as well.”

Next up for QPR is the visit of relegation-threatened Rotherham United to Loftus Road on Saturday, with the Hoops hunting a fourth home win on the spin.

“Saturday is another chance for us to keep this run going,” said Onuoha.

“Rotherham are down there battling for their lives at the moment.

“We’re in confident mood and we’re ready to give anyone a tough game.

“If we play anywhere near as well as we did at Leeds, we’ll be confident of getting a win and getting to 50 points come Saturday night.”

It was an exceptional performance – probably one of the best of the season.

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