JAMES Perch revealed that he was never going to allow himself to be substituted in QPR’s 2-1 win against Hull City.
The R’s defender collided with teammate Josh Scowen as he was attempting to tackle City’s David Meyler in the second half of Saturday’s victory.
A knee injury saw play held up as Perch received treatment and with Rangers having used all three of their subs already, he opted to limp on for the final 17 minutes rather than leave the R’s with ten men.
“I had to get through it as we didn't have any subs,” Perch told www.qpr.co.uk after Idrissa Sylla’s injury time winner. “It was a matter of getting on with it and lasting the final 15-20 minutes.
“The gaffer wanted me to come off but that would have left us with ten men which wouldn't have been ideal.
“It would have put us under all sorts of pressure so I thought the best thing was to stay on as at least we’d be 11 v 11 then.”
Perch’s commitment typified the performance from QPR who battled to the end to come from behind against the Tigers.
Matt Smith headed Holloway’s side level in the 74th minute, before Idrissa Sylla stabbed home from close range in injury time.
Perch said: “We don't often come from behind. Ever since I’ve been here, if we have lost the first goal we’ve found it tough to get the three points but I thought we deserved it.
“The first half I thought we played well and then in the second half we showed that fighting spirit. The two subs have come on and made a difference.”
After substitute Sylla pounced to finish inside the six-yard box following good work from Conor Washington, Hull nearly grabbed a late equaliser.
City defender Michael Hector saw his header cleared off the line by QPR’s Smith, before a superb double save from goalkeeper Alex Smithies kept out Ondřej Mazuch and Kamil Grosicki as QPR somehow clung on for three points.
“I was stood there watching it, I couldn't get involved, I couldn’t move,” admitted the R’s defender. “It was carnage but Alex has made a great save and Smudger has cleared it off the line. It shows the spirit in the group at the moment after a good pre-season and a good start to the season.”
Perch left Loftus Road with his knee heavily strapped and will now face a fitness battle to be ready for QPR’s next two matches.
Rangers host local rivals Brentford in the second round of the Carabao Cup before heading to early Championship leaders Cardiff on Saturday.
“I doubt I will play Tuesday,” confirmed the 31-year-old. “The brace (on his knee) is a precaution, we will see how it is once the swelling has died down.
“I’m looking to get back for next Saturday, the physio’s probably won’t want me to but you want to keep that momentum going.”