MATT Ingram was the hero of the hour as QPR progressed into the second round of the EFL Cup last night, courtesy of a penalty shoot-out victory over Swindon Town.
The R’s keeper saved two Robins spot-kicks, as Rangers triumphed 4-2 on penalties to progress, after the scores were level at 2-2 at the end of extra-time.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Ingram –who replaced Alex Smithies in goal for the first round tie – was pleased to play his part as the R's booked their place in round two, commenting: "As a keeper, there's really no pressure when it comes to penalties.
“It's a no-lose situation, because no-one expects you to save them!
"It's normally a win-win for keepers. If you guess right, there's always a good chance you might save it, and thankfully I managed to save two, which is pleasing.”
After Sunday’s polished performance – and victory – against Leeds United in the Championship, Rangers were far from their best last night, as Ingram acknowledged.
“We didn't play to the standards we've set ourselves, and that's disappointing,” he said, “but we got the job done and that's the most important thing.
"It keeps our unbeaten start to the season going and winning on penalties is always nice.
“Last night showed we’ve got some very good penalty takers at the club, which is another positive to focus on.”
Despite acknowledging Rangers’ indifferent display, Ingram chose to focus on the positives, adding: "We showed we can dig in and showed we can battle away when we're not necessarily playing well.
"We ground it out in the end. We fought to the bitter end.
"Swindon made it tough for us. We knew they would, but we didn’t impose ourselves as much as we'd have liked.
"But we're through – and we’ve got another home draw to look forward to against Rochdale in round two.”