NEDUM Onuoha thoroughly enjoyed the late drama at Newcastle United on Wednesday night – and felt a draw was the least QPR’s fighting spirit merited.
After suffering a 6-0 drubbing when the sides met in August, R’s fans could have been forgiven for getting that sinking feeling again when Jonjo Shelvey rifled the hosts ahead inside 40 seconds.
But it proved to be a night to remember on Tyneside as Ciaran Clark’s last-minute own goal inadvertently handed Rangers a deserved share of the spoils.
“It certainly was [a good point],” he told www.qpr.co.uk.
“I thought the fighting spirit was great. When we went 1-0 down so early in the game some people might have thought it was going to be a repeat of the first game.
“But we showed great character and perseverance and stuck to our game plan. We didn’t let it affect us too much and, in the end, we got the luck we probably deserved."
Shelvey’s lightning quick opener handed United a dream start, but in some ways Onuoha felt the breakthrough may have strangely worked in the R’s favour.
“Being away from home in a hostile environment and them scoring early, probably took a bit out of them,” he added. “They probably thought they were going to have an easy game.
“But we stuck to it and competed really well. We made it harder for them and we got what we deserved.”
Clark’s own goal might not have been the most spectacular way to draw level, but that certainly wasn’t going to stop Onuoha and co celebrating.
“In my whole time here I don’t really remember many moments like that where something that good has happened to us so late in a game away from home," he continued.
“When it goes in you don’t really know what to do, but celebrate it we certainly did!
“We’d have been disappointed if we’d lost but it was a good performance. Thankfully we took a point as well.”
Next up for Rangers is another tough test on the road as Ian Holloway’s men remain up north for a trip to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
After Wednesday’s display, Onuoha wants Rangers to sustain that level of performance for the remainder of the campaign.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash at Ewood Park, he said: “The aim for us is to just not blow hot and cold between now and the end of the season.
“Every game for Blackburn now is massive because they’re relying on other things going their way and are playing catch up.
“Hopefully they won’t come any closer to us because we want to distance ourselves from them. Hopefully we can do that by getting all three points on Saturday.”