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Freeman’s delight at first goal

LUKE Freeman was delighted to open his goalscoring account for the 2017/18 season in Saturday’s impressive 2-1 win over Ipswich Town.

On the day QPR celebrated their 100th anniversary at Loftus Road, man-of-the-match Freeman capped a fine individual display with the all-important second goal of the contest, after Jamie Mackie had earlier slammed home the R’s opening goal.

Freeman let fly with an unstoppable toe-poked effort on 49 minutes, that gave Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski absolutely no chance.

“It was a toe-poke - 100 per-cent it was!” a delighted Freeman told www.qpr.co.uk.

“But that’s a skill is itself and I think the keeper struggled to react to it because I got the shot away so early.

“He didn’t read it and it flew in.

“I’m glad to get my first goal of the season because I’ve had plenty of chances.”

Playing alongside Josh Scowen and Massimo Luongo in the R’s midfield engine-room, Freeman was the star of the show, although he was keen to acknowledge the role played by the two players alongside him.

“There’s a fluidity to the midfield three with myself, Mass and Josh,” he said.

“We’ve got a decent understanding and no matter what positions we find ourselves in on the pitch, we generally know that there’ll be cover from one of the other two.

“We’re really enjoying it in there and I think you can see the performances of us all going from strength-to-strength.”

The same applies for the whole team, too.

Indeed, Saturday’s win – a comfortable victory despite Bersant Celina’s 89th minute goal for the Tractor Boys – made it three on the spin in the league at Loftus Road, as Ian Holloway’s men maintained their 100 per-cent start in W12.

“You can see the performances are improving week after week now,” said Freeman.

“We feel we’re getting our rewards because we’re working really hard - not just on the pitch, but off it too with our preparation for games.

“We’re taking it up a notch with our displays.

“That’s the best we’ve played this season and if anything the final scoreline should have been much more comfortable.

“I think 2-1 really flattered them because we were dominant from start to finish.

“But that’s the Championship - you can never switch off because the quality is so good.

“Thankfully we saw out the win after their late goal, which was what we fully deserved.”

Freeman was also full of praise for fellow goalscorer Mackie, adding: “The two goals came at the right time for us.

“Jamie has been brilliant for us so far this season.

“He’s as fit as a fiddle and really looks after himself.

“It was a hell of a finish from him.”

Rangers have the opportunity to make it four out of four when London rivals Millwall head to W12 on Tuesday night.

And Freeman is in confident mood.

“We want to build on the momentum from Saturday when Millwall come here on Tuesday night,” he said.

“We’ll prepare right, make sure we know how they’ll play and be ready for another tough game.

“Derbies are always extra special.

“The Championship is a relentless division, but we’re pleased with the start we’ve made and want to push on now.”

That’s the best we’ve played this season.

Luke Freeman