AS QPR FC Women sealed a 1-0 victory over Fulham in the west London derby this Sunday, manager Steve Quashie was delighted with the way his side conducted themselves in what was a tough clash with our local neighbours.
Rangers, who claimed the slim victory thanks to a second half strike from captain Hayley Peacock, dominated from start to finish and deservedly came away from SW6 with all three points.
“It’s such a lovely feeling, it’s always nice to get the victory in a west London derby against Fulham, the QPR boss told www.qpr.co.uk: “Fulham with their Premier League status are able to give a huge investment to the Women’s programme, they have a lovely facility at Motspur Park, so to get the victory is a great feeling.
“The conditions were very tough, they were blowy, there was rain flashing in. At times, we were making forward passes and the ball was getting carried in the air and hovering quite a bit. So, to get it down and pass was very tough, however I thought we adapted well and looked fairly comfortable throughout.
“After having the second lockdown period we knew that we weren’t going to perform to the high standard’s that we would usually expect. We weren’t as slick, dynamic and crisp as we have been, but we have come away with the victory.
“The most important thing from the game was to get the players through the 90 minutes, injury free and to get some minutes under their belts. Some of our principles came through and ultimately, we scored a nice strike to win the game 1-0 and go home relatively happy.”
Rangers’ winning goal came from a somewhat unusual source, in defender Peacock, with the strike only her second goal for the R’s in two years.
Quashie said:“Our captain stepped forward from the transition, found herself inside the final third and produced an absolutely sweet strike into the bottom corner from distance.
“I am delighted for her because she always works hard, always adds so much enthusiasm and energy to the team. It’s a great way for her to finish the game off for us.”
The R’s now face Ashford Town on Sunday at Heston, our final fixture before the festive break and Quashie knows that it’s another big game for his side.
“We face Ashford on Sunday before another break and it will be very important to build on this weekend, we have a chance to build up some more momentum and let’s be proud about the clean sheet today and another one next week will be brilliant.”
The conditions were very tough, however I thought we adapted well and looked fairly comfortable throughout.