No Eze fix as Steve’s strug­glers start climb

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By ALAN WIL­SON

STEVE McCLAREN in­sists his QPR side are still in “the pit” de­spite see­ing off a late on­slaught to win at Bolton and climb out of the bot­tom three for the first time this sea­son.

Goals from Luke Free­man and Ebere Eze ei­ther side of the break were enough to see off bat­tling Bolton and make it four games un­beaten.

But for­mer Eng­land boss McClaren reck­ons there is plenty more to come from his side as they look to climb the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble.

He said: “We still have a very long way to go and be­cause of our poor start we can’t think of tar­gets for the sea­son, it’s just one game at a time. We are still in ‘the pit’ as I call it.

“I al­most had a heart at­tack to­wards the end as they threw the kitchen sink at us.

“But that is Cham­pi­onship foot­ball.”

It had been a hard week for Bolton off the pitch, with the pass­ing of for­mer owner Ed­die Davies and their well doc­u­mented money trou­bles.

And things were not much bet­ter on it as they were out­gunned by a slick QPR side who ap­pear to have turned the cor­ner af­ter start­ing the sea­son with four straight de­feats.

The open­ing goal had a touch of class about it as Free­man ended a flow­ing move to dou­ble his tally for the sea­son.

Eze added a sec­ond 10 min­utes af­ter the restart with the only other shot on tar­get from ei­ther side in the first hour.

There was no lack of ef­fort from the Trot­ters, though, and they pulled a goal back when sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute Josh Ma­gen­nis thumped his free-kick so hard it sim­ply smashed through the QPR wall and keeper Joe Lum­ley.

Pawel Olkowski had a drive tipped over late on as they fin­ished the game strongly.

But a sec­ond de­feat in three games ended a hor­ri­ble week for the Bolton fans, play­ers and boss Phil Parkinson.

“It has been a tough week,” he said.

“It is a shame that we could not get the win for Ed­die but I am sure he is look­ing down on us and say­ing, ‘That’s foot­ball’.”

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