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Scowen: It was the best way to finish

JOSH Scowen was pleased to hit the target and help QPR end the season on a high at Sheffield Wednesday.

During a dramatic final day at Hillsborough, Scowen’s opener was cancelled out by Michael Hector’s 84th-minute penalty.

However, Matt Smith’s stoppage-time stunner ensured a winning return to Yorkshire against one of his old rivals for the former Barnsley midfielder.

“It’s always nice to get one over them!” Scowen, who was voted Man of the Match, joked with qpr.co.uk afterwards.

“It was the best way we could have finished. It was a good performance and to get the three points was a bonus.

“After what’s been a difficult second half of the season it was a nice feeling to finish with a win.”

Scowen started and finished a well-worked move to give Rangers the lead just before the half-hour mark, coolly tucking away Darnell Furlong’s right-hand cross with aplomb.

Speaking about his goal, he said: “I just carried on my run, luckily the ball fell to me, I got a good touch and it was easy to slot it in the corner.

“I was just glad I could take the chance.”

Victory wasn’t without its controversy, though, after three penalties were awarded by referee Andy Davies in an action-packed second-half.

The first, in particular, took many by surprise after Toni Leistner was penalised despite not appearing to make contact with Fernando Forestieri – who skied the subsequent spot-kick.

“We’ve had a lot of penalties go against us this season which we feel shouldn’t have been given,” Scowen said. “The first one was the same, we couldn’t believe it.

“But luckily they missed it and in the end we managed to get the result. If anything, we could have won by a few more goals.”

Forestieri’s penalty failure wasn’t the only miss, with Ebere Eze seeing a spot-kick of his own saved.

It was a blemish on an otherwise impressive afternoon for the R’s youngster, with Scowen adding: “I thought Ebere was excellent.

“Apart from the penalty he had a good game and I think next year he’ll be a big player for us.”

Turning his attentions now to the summer, Scowen is looking forward to recharging his batteries ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Scowen finished: “We’ll go away, get some holiday in and come back raring to go for next season.”

After what’s been a difficult second half of the season it was nice to finish with a win

Josh Scowen