NASSER EL Khayati spoke with www.qpr.co.uk moments after the final whistle at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, where QPR secured a share of the spoils courtesy of Idrissa Sylla’s late header.
Sharing his views prior to the departure of manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, El Khayati was pleased to have played such a key role in the Rangers equaliser.
Having seen QPR go a man down on 34 minutes through Karl Henry’s sending off before Britt Assombalonga gave the hosts the lead just four minutes later, El Khayati came off the bench in the second half to set-up Sylla’s 85th-minute header.
“It was my first touch since I came on,” El Khayati said. “I got the ball on the left and my only thought was to cross it because I saw a few bodies in the box.
“It was a good cross and a good header from Idrissa. I was really happy for the goal.”
Rangers certainly had to battle for a share of the spoils against Philippe Montanier’s men, and the Moroccan winger believes the way QPR responded to the challenge highlights the spirit of the dressing room.
“We showed great character,” he said. “In the first 20 minutes we weren’t really that positive on the ball, and then the red card made it more difficult for us, but I felt we did a very, very good job in the second half, especially with ten against 11.
“Even before they had their red card (shown to Hildeberto Pereira on 71 minutes), I thought we did really, really well.”
El Khayati, who joined Rangers from Burton Albion in February, has experienced limited game time for the R’s so far, making just four league starts to date.
The 27 year-old hopes his impact at the City Ground will help kick-start his career at Loftus Road.
“It was a very good feeling for me personally,” El Khayati said.
“I have not played a lot so it felt special to play an important part in the goal. Hopefully this is the start for me now.
“We have the international break to come, and what we must do is come back even stronger to really push on.”