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Eze: We did ourselves proud against Villa

EBERE Eze felt QPR ‘did themselves proud’ after his goal helped earn a share of the spoils from their New Year’s Day thriller at Aston Villa.

Eze’s sumptious second-half strike wasn’t quite enough to give Rangers all three points as Tammy Abraham’s second goal of the game pegged the R’s back.

The R’s number 10, though, was pleased to come away with something.

“It’s a tough place to come to get anything,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.

“We knew it was going to be a battle but I think we did ourselves proud with the way we played and, in the end, a point was probably fair.”

Rangers fell behind to Abraham’s 21st-minute opener but responded well and went in level at half-time thanks to Luke Freeman’s long-range stunner just before the break.

“After they scored we got more confident,” Eze said. “We created chances and played some nice football.

“Luke’s great goal helped us a lot and it gave us the confidence to push on in the second half.”

Freeman’s fine effort was followed by one of his own from Eze.

Finishing off a fine flowing move, it also ended the youngster’s long wait for a goal since September – much to his relief.

“It’s been a while!” he joked. “I’m just happy to do what I can to help the team and luckily today it came off.”

At the other end, Steve McClaren’s pre-match prediction came true as Rangers defended for their lives – surviving over 11 minutes of added time and go undefeated for a fifth game running.

“We had to dig deep in injury time to hold out,” Eze said.

“It’s difficult, especially here when they’ve got a big crowd behind them but it shows the resilience we’ve got in this squad now. We all work for each other, do our jobs and we can only keep progressing from here.”

We had to dig deep but it shows the resilience we’ve got in this squad now.

Ebere Eze