PAWEL Wszolek scored QPR’s equaliser to ensure a share of the spoils at Fulham on Saturday afternoon, and was keen to thank the travelling R’s fans for their help in making it happen.
After initially going 2-0 down at Craven Cottage, Massimo Luongo netted on the stroke of half-time before Wszolek grabbed the leveller with nine minutes remaining.
After dispossessing Deny Odoi, the Polish international raced clear before coolly placing the ball beyond Marcus Bettinelli to the delight of almost 3,000 QPR fans behind the goal.
Following the game, the Polish international told www.qpr.co.uk: “I really enjoyed celebrating with our fans.
“They were brilliant and a lot louder than the home fans all match. I am really grateful to them for that because they gave us an extra boost of energy.
“This is my second year here now and I always feel the QPR fans are really supporting the team so I really wanted to celebrate with them, especially in a game like this which we know is an important one.”
The 25-year-old showed incredible calmness to score only his second goal for the club, but he never had any doubt that he would level matters up.
“I enjoyed my goal,” he said. “I knew I needed to take a big touch to get away from the defender and after I did this I saw the goalkeeper move to his right a little, so there was space to his left.
“I was very confident that I would find the space.”
It wasn’t just in the attacking third where Wszolek excelled.
He was voted man of the match for his display by the Rangers faithful, and this was surely as much for his defensive contribution as what he did going forward.
Charged with the task of tracking the dangerous Ryan Fredericks, he did so to great effect and was quick to praise Jake Bidwell for his help throughout the game.
“It was important that me and Jake worked together,” he said.
“He was helping me a lot, telling me which way to push him because the whole aim was to push them outside and not let them come in.
“The cooperation was very good. We were constantly talking. Apart from the one moment when they got down the right for their second goal, we worked hard and didn’t give them too much.
“These were the tactics and we kept doing this for the whole game.”
Luke Freeman battles with Kevin McDonald
Joel Lynch shields the ball from keeper Marcus Bettinelli
Fulham's Ryan Fredericks tries to stop QPR's Pawel Wszolek
Pawel Wszolek sees his effort snuffed out
Fulham's Tim Ream and QPR's Ryan Manning
Massimo Luongo pulls a goal back before the break
Luongo points to the QPR fans after his goal
Joel Lynch beats Kevin McDonald in the air
Denis Odoi beats Eberechi Eze to the ball
Pawel Wszolek scores to make it 2-2
Pawel Wszolek celebrates his equalising goal with Jordan Cousins
Ian Holloway’s men showed their character to come back from the two-goal deficit and can consider themselves unfortunate not to take all three points after a dominant second-half display.
“It was vital that we scored just before half-time because most of the time this season we are a stronger team in the second half and this gave us a big chance, and we were sure we could come back,” Wszolek added.
“In the second half we did all the manager asked us to do and we got something from the game which we deserved.”