THE look on Luke Freeman’s face at the full-time whistle on Saturday evening said it all, as QPR finally got the monkey off their back with an elusive first away win of the season against Birmingham City at St. Andrews.
Without a win on their travels since February, incidentally when the R’s won 4-1 against the Blues, Rangers were indebted to two-goal hero Jack Robinson in the Midlands, with the defender bagging his first-ever professional goals against Steve Cotterill’s side.
Freeman, yet again, played provider for both goals, enhancing his reputation as the king of the assists, as the R’s – backed by an army of QPR supporters – provided the Hoops faithful with some early festive cheer at St. Andrews.
“It makes a change to have things go our way away from home,” a relieved Freeman told www.qpr.co.uk.
“We feel there have been a number of occasions when Lady Luck has gone against us this season on the road, so it was nice for things to go our way for once.
“Hopefully this is the kick-start we needed - and hopefully it can inspire us to go on a decent run now.”
Freeman was full of praise for man-of-the-match Robinson, who has been in fine form for the R’s at the back this season, when many of his defensive team-mates have suffered long-term injuries throughout the campaign.
“I think Robbo could’ve walked off the pitch with the match-ball!” said Freeman.
“But in all seriousness, he’s been brilliant for us this season when we’ve had so many defensive problems and for him to score two goals - his first ever professional goals - is fantastic.
“The first was a great downward header, then he missed probably the easiest chance of the three that came his way, but then when I rolled the ball across the box for him, I wasn’t at all surprised to see him rifle it into the bottom corner.
Buoyed by the win, Rangers welcome high-flying Bristol City – Freeman’s former club – to Loftus Road on Saturday and the attacking midfielder is determined to build on the victory over the Blues.
“He’s got a sweet left peg and as soon as it left his foot, I knew it had a chance and we were all just delighted to see it go in, as you could tell with our celebrations.”
“We needed that three points,” he said.
“We were due one - and the fans were due one.
“But it’s only one away win and we need to build on this now.
“Roll on the next game and hopefully we can get another three points."