PAUL Hall congratulated his QPR Under-23s after they hung on with nine men to continue their unbeaten run in 2020.
Hall saw his side lead twice at Harlington against Bristol City on Monday through Olamide Shodipo and Aramide Oteh, only to be pegged back on both occasions.
Stephen Duke-McKenna saw red in the 76th minute and, after Oteh limped off late on, depleted Rangers were relieved with a point at the final whistle.
“I can’t fault the boys that finished off the game,” Hall told www.qpr.co.uk. That’s an exercise and development in itself for them.
“We’re delighted with how the boys applied themselves. We had to put our tin helmets on at the end but we restricted them to just a few shots and managed to come away with a draw.”
Rangers had made the perfect start – opening the scoring in some style thanks to Shodipo’s long-range screamer after six minutes.
Hall joked afterwards: “It wasn’t bad, was it? I think he’s been watching me in training!
“We’ve been working hard with him and it shows he can score goals. We know he’s a good player and he was brilliant both inside and outside and hopefully he can continue doing that.”
Also on the scoresheet was Oteh, who could have had more than one but for a standout performance from Robins goalkeeper Harvey Wiles-Richards.
“We should have been out of sight,” Hall said. “Credit to their goalkeeper, he played really well. Rem will know he should have been burying those chances and you’d expect him to on another day.”
The draw means Hall and co haven’t tasted defeat since November, much to the manager’s delight.
“It’s all about development for us,” he added. “We don’t want to be beaten but if we do, let’s take it as a lesson. Similarly if we win.
“I’m really happy with how the boys are performing right now and the unbeaten run is testament to their character.”