HOOPS START­ING TO SHOW CLASS

Hoi­lett on tar­get for QPR

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/ By James Mcin­tosh

DE­SPITE top play­ers Loic Remy and Adel Taarabt leav­ing the club last week, QPR’s re­main­ing star qual­ity proved they can still drive a pro­mo­tion charge af­ter a hard-fought draw at Hud­der­s­field.

Ju­nior Hoi­lett can­celled out James Vaughan’s opener just three min­utes af­ter the ex-Ever­ton striker had given the Ter­ri­ers a first-half lead.

And QPR as­sis­tant man­ager Kevin Bond feels de­spite the draw, the Hoops are a changed out­fit in terms of spirit and be­lief to those who suf­fered rel­e­ga­tion from the Pre­mier League last sea­son.

“A lot has been said about the lack of spirit in the side last sea­son but we get a sense things are dif­fer­ent this time, just be­ing around the club,” he said.

“There is a bet­ter feel and in the dress­ing room, we feel there is a re­silient bunch who are go­ing to fight for the cause.

“We’re not re­ally happy and we think it was a game we per­haps should have won.

“On the bal­ance of play and the chances we cre­ated, we feel dis­ap­pointed we have not come away with three points.

“I think it was dis­ap­point­ing to go a goal down and the man­ner we con­ceded and were not play­ing par­tic­u­larly well.

“But we got back level pretty quickly af­ter­wards and set­tled us down a bit, which was im­por­tant and in the sec­ond-half we were bet­ter.

“All credit to Hud­der­s­field and they have more than just ef­fort and en­deav­our – they have qual­ity in their side.”

Fol­low­ing a quiet start, QPR’s hot­shot sum­mer sign­ing Char­lie Austin was put through on goal by Andy John­son in the 13th minute, but hopes of an early lead van­ished af­ter his mis-kick.

Ter­ri­ers striker Martin Pater­son took ad­van­tage of Clint Hill’s slip to go through on goal on the half-hour but fired his shot inches wide.

Hud­der­s­field took a 35th minute lead af­ter dogged work from Adam Ham­mill found Oliver Nor­wood, whose cross picked out Vaughan who poked past Rob Green.

But the Ter­ri­ers de­fence went to sleep three min­utes later when South Korean left-back Yun SukYoung’s left-wing cross found an un­marked Hoi­lett who drew the Hoops level.

Austin was a lick of paint away from get­ting on the score­sheet on 57 min­utes af­ter meet­ing John­son’s cross and head­ing against pow­er­fully the bar.

And Ter­ri­ers sub­sti­tute Sean Scannell nearly gave Town a 90th minute vic­tory but his shot trick­led ag­o­nis­ingly past Green and the post.

Hud­der­s­field boss Mark Robins was proud of his side af­ter play­ing against QPR’s star-stud­ded squad, but feels there is still work to be done at the John Smith’s Sta­dium.

“They’re pro­mo­tion favourites and they’re a good side,” he said. “You look at the team and they’ve got in­ter­na­tion­als, play­ers who have played in Europe and at the top level.

“It’s tough and they make good runs, de­ci­sions and have great tech­nique.

“We got a foothold in the game with a good goal and didn’t hang on to it long enough – it was a poor goal to con­cede.

“We were good with­out be­ing spec­tac­u­lar. We were work­man­like.

“It’s a work in progress as man­agers will stay at this stage, but I be­lieve things will get bet­ter for us.

“Ul­ti­mately it comes down to the play­ers hav­ing that be­lief in their own abil­ity to pass the ball for­ward down the pitch.

“It was a de­served point. We scored a good goal which was well worked.

“The lads have come in the dress­ing room and not thought they’ve let them­selves down as they’ve not won.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

FEET FIRST: James Vaughan cel­e­brates scor­ing for Hud­der­s­field

TIDY FIN­ISH: James Vaughan scores Hud­der­s­field’s opener

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