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Pugh: Rangers will bounce back again

MARC Pugh knows that QPR will bounce back from Saturday’s late heartbreak against Charlton Athletic.

Pugh’s first R’s goal – a close-range finish after 70 minutes of the match – looked set to be the winner until Naby Sarr netted a stoppage time equaliser for the Addicks.

A Geoff Cameron goal had broken the deadlock early lead in the first half and Rangers went on to dominate the majority of the first half.

And Pugh says his team can take a lot from the way they performed on Saturday, particularly in the half an hour.

“We’re devastated,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. “I’m delighted to get my first goal for the club but I’d take winning a game of football over scoring any day.

“It’s frustrating because for large periods, especially for 25-30 minutes in the first half, we were excellent. We got a little bit sloppy at times, got sloppy on the ball and they got back into the game and had some chances themselves but second half we upped it again.

“It was very end-to-end at times and we maybe needed to try and settle down and keep the ball a bit more at times. I’m really disappointed and we have got to bounce back again.

“We have proved time and time again that we can do it. After the Barnsley performance, there were a lot of positives to take from today [Saturday]. We created numerous chances, we just didn’t take them.”

Pugh has started four of QPR’s last five matches and they have picked up eight points during that time.

The experienced wide-man feels that his extra time on the pitch is benefitting his level of performance.

He said: “I’ve had a nice run of games and I’ve been feeling sharper. It’s been nice to get a run in the team, I love playing football and I want to help the team as much as I can.

“I feel really physically strong and as you get older you have to looks after yourself. I feel as strong now as I did when I was 21 just because I have learned a lot and I have educated myself in ways of recovery and nutrition and the importance of being in the best frame of mind come the Saturday.”

Up next for QPR is a trip to Reading on Boxing Day.

Pugh said: “We go to Reading and need to play our stuff the way we know we can. We have been to tough places this year – you look at Stoke, Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday – and we have put in really good performances.

“It’s a shame we haven’t given our home fans more to shout about so far this season because we have got some great individual quality in the dressing room.

“Our home form has been inconsistent. Other than the Barnsley game, our form has been really good away from home this season. We can go there with confidence and will hopefully give our away fans something to shout about.”

We have proved time and time again that we can bounce back.

Marc Pugh
Marc Pugh scampers down the wing for Rangers