QPR boss Ian Holloway expressed his pride in the R’s performance, as Rangers claimed a brilliant point against high-flying Newcastle United at St. James Park.
The Hoops came from behind twice to gain a deserved share of the spoils in the North East, on a night when the visitors were backed magnificently by over 600 travelling fans.
Conor Washington scored on the stroke of half-time to cancel out Jonjo Shelvey’s first minute goal, only for Matt Ritchie to put the Geordies ahead for a second time on 54 minutes.
But Rangers weren’t to be denied the point their performance warranted – as Ciaran Clark put the ball through his own net in the 90th minute to clinch a remarkable point on the road for Holloway’s men.
“I could've killed them after 39 seconds – but we took a punch and didn't flinch,” Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk.
“That was the exact opposite to last Saturday, when we didn't recover well enough to going a goal down.
“Tonight was what I want us to be all about.
“It was a fantastic display and a great point for us.
“We showed great knowledge, spirit and togetherness. It was a brilliant performance.
“To come back twice as we did - at the end of both halves - epitomised us.
“I thought we had enough chances to win it to be honest but of course I'm happy with a point here. “
Holloway added: “We got the game plan spot on and executed it superbly.
“I think we're a much better side that we're actually looking believe it or not - and that encourages me so so much, especially when I look at what I've got coming into the group after the transfer window.
“I feel like a golfer with a whole new set of clubs.
“Every player wants to be here for the right reasons – and you could see that in our performance tonight.”
Holloway reserved his final words for the 600-plus QPR fans who backed the team from start to finish in the North East, adding: “Our fans were incredible - just incredible.
“That moment when the equaliser went in at the end must have made them so proud.
“I can’t tell you how proud I felt when it hit the back of the net.
“This performance should give the lads every belief to get stronger - together.”