HOOPS STARTING TO SHOW CLASS
Hoilett on target for QPR
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.”
FEET FIRST: James Vaughan celebrates scoring for Huddersfield
TIDY FINISH: James Vaughan scores Huddersfield’s opener