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Robinson: ‘We got our reward’

QPR defender Jack Robinson felt he and his team-mates were rewarded for their spirited second half display in last night’s 1-1 draw against Barnsley.

Trailing to Harvey Barnes’ 20th minute goal, Rangers equalised three minutes from the end of normal time at Oakwell, thanks to Luke Freeman’s stunning late leveller.

And Robinson, who impressed at the heart of the R’s defence, believes the Hoops more than earned their point in South Yorkshire.

“It was a good point for us in the end, especially after going one-nil down,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.

“I think we looked fairly solid throughout the game, and then a worldy goal from them set us back a little.

“We were poor for the final 15 minutes of the first half but then we got going again at the start of the second half.

“We created chances and probably should’ve been a bit more clinical, but in the end Freezy has come up with a wonder-goal of his own to get us a deserved point.”

On Freeman’s equaliser, an outrageous 25-yard blockbuster that gave Adam Davies in the Barnsley goal absolutely no chance, Robinson added: “Freezy’s goal was unbelievable - it was a great strike.

“He’s got that in his locker.

“He’s been threatening to score a goal like that recently, so we were all delighted for him.”

He added: “We’ve got a little bit of resilience about us now and I think you could see that in the second half.

“There’s a spirit and a character about this squad of players.

“Maybe we’d have caved in last season, but we didn’t.

“We kept going and we got a late reward in the end.”

Robinson’s performance was another plus-point for the Hoops on their travels, with the Liverpudlian coming through a fifth straight Sky Bet Championship fixture after an injury-ravaged 2016/17 season last term.

“I just want to keep playing games,” he said.

“I’ve managed to string together a run of matches now and that was always a target of mine.

“Now it’s time for me to push on and really show what I can do, because I’m really enjoying playing here and I feel my performances are improving week on week.”

Next up for QPR is the visit of West London neighbours Fulham to Loftus Road on Friday night – and despite the quick turnaround in fixtures, Robinson insists he and his team-mates will be ready for the challenge that lies in wait against the Cottagers.

“We can’t wait for Friday night,” he said.

“We’ll rest up, get our recovery in, and make sure we’re ready for the derby.

“You don’t need to look for additional motivation for local derbies - that takes care of itself.

“We need to follow up these couple of draws with a win on Friday and if we do that, we’ll be moving into the international break in the right direction.”

There’s a spirit and a character about this squad of players.

Jack Robinson