INTERIM manager John Eustace was thrilled after seeing his QPR team round off their league season with a drama-filled 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday.
Also Rangers’ first away win of 2019 and one that took us to 51 points for the campaign, victory was earned thanks to goals from Josh Scowen (28 minutes) and Matt Smith (90+3).
This entertaining fixture also saw the award of three contested penalties, with Michael Hector (84) converting from 12 yards to make it 1-1. Earlier, Wednesday’s Fernando Forestieri (57) and QPR’s Ebere Eze (80) both spurned their own spot-kick attempts.
The R’s arguably should have won by a more handsome margin but, nevertheless, Eustace was a happy man once the curtain came down on Rangers’ season.
“I thought our performance today was very good,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. “The attitude of the boys was fantastic, we fully deserved to get all three points.
“For the seven games that I’ve been in charge of, we haven’t always had the rub of the green. We also haven’t taken our chances.
“However, today, we finally took them.
“We’ve an exciting young team with lots of players coming through. Most of our forward players today were in their early twenties, with Smudger (Matt Smith) helping them out.
“The performance from the whole group was just fantastic, especially the young boys.”
Eustace added: “It’s a big opportunity now, given that the club will be relying on younger players even more next season. To finish things off as we did was good for those lads.
“We’ll all enjoy the win tonight – and I must say thank you to the travelling supporters, who have been magnificent all season. Scoring in the last minute and in front of our own fans was a great way to round the season off.
“Whoever comes in now [as manager] needs to be enthusiastic and want to work with young players.
“Yes, it’s not going to be easy – but you can bring through younger players and be competitive. Recruitment is also going to be important.
“I’m sure whoever comes in will be the right candidate and excited to work with what is a young and hungry group.”
We’ll all enjoy the win tonight – and I must say thank you to the travelling supporters, who have been magnificent all season.