LO­CAL LAD TOM IS COCK-A-HOOP

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

QPR may have been dom­i­nated by big names and big­ger money buys in re­cent years, but against Ip­swich Town it was a home­grown young­ster who stole the head­lines.

Tom Hitch­cock, whose only pre­vi­ous claim to fame was be­ing the son of for­mer Chelsea keeper Kevin Hitch­cock, made a dream de­but as he came off the bench to tap home a last-minute win­ner that sent the Trac­tor Boys home with night­mares.

The 20-year-old was on loan at League Two Bris­tol Rovers last year but re­placed for­mer Spurs, Ful­ham and Eng­land striker Bobby Zamora with seven min­utes left and had a much big­ger im­pact than his much more il­lus­tri­ous team­mate.

If QPR are to bounce straight back up, then it might be play­ers like Hitch­cock they need to rely on.

“He is a goalscorer and he can find the back of the net,” said Rangers as­sis­tant boss Kevin Bond

“We were short up front so we thought we would try and have a look at Tom and there he was to score.

“He is a home­grown boy and it is fan­tas­tic for the club.The fans like to see it if you can bring on a young­ster and if they can make an im­pact there is noth­ing bet­ter.”

Ip­swich thought they had done enough to weather the QPR storm, which came al­most en­tirely through Char­lie Austin, be­fore Hitch­cock’s in­ter­ven­tion.

Austin saw shots blocked, saved and hit the cross­bar in a frus­trat­ing day for the for­mer Burn­ley man be­fore his skewed shot was par­ried by Scott Loach to the feet of Hitch­cock for the win­ner.

Joey Bar­ton was in­flu­en­tial through­out and Bond was non­com­mit­tal as to whether the con­tro­ver­sial mid­fielder will be at the club come Septem­ber, though he did though think there would be more sign­ings.

“He is fo­cused on the day to day at the train­ing ground and Harry plays him on merit and he played re­ally well again,” added Bond. “Whether he will still be here at the end of the win­dow I wouldn’t want to say. He might want to look at a move or Mar­seille might want to buy him but we don’t dis­cuss it with him.

“At the mo­ment it is just spec­u­la­tion and we only talk about us and what we are try­ing to do.

“I think we are short in the cre­ativ­ity depart­ment and it is those ar­eas Harry will be look­ing at.

“You need goals and cre­ativ­ity and Harry has al­ways liked that.

“It’s an area we could im­prove. I don’t think we are quite fin­ished bring­ing play­ers in.”

Ip­swich carved out only two chances of note, when Rob Green de­nied Daryl Mur­phy in the first half and then blocked David McGoldrick’s late shot late on.

But they went toe-to-toe to QPR for long pe­ri­ods and they have now run two rel­e­gated teams close, hav­ing lost 2-1 to Read­ing on the open­ing day. Not that that is any con­so­la­tion to man­ager Mick McCarthy.

“If you are look­ing for yard­sticks in terms of per­for­mance both have been pretty good,” he said.

“But if we want to con­test top six, pretty good has got to be points.

“We have to have a point at Read­ing and a point here.

“I am en­cour­aged by the group of play­ers we have got and the char­ac­ters we have got, but we shouldn’t be pat­ting our­selves on the back say­ing well done be­cause we have did­dly-squat to show for it.

“I am not en­vi­ous of QPR, I don’t do envy. I have be­come pretty adept at deal­ing with what I have got, whether it be my own abil­ity as a foot­baller or abil­ity as a man­ager.

“I am de­lighted with the play­ers I have got, think I have got good play­ers.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

HAPPY CHAPS: QPR’s Tom Hitch­cock is mobbed by team­mates af­ter scor­ing the late win­ner

QPR

FOR­MA­TION: 4-4-2

ROBERT GREEN Su­perb save from Mur­phy in the first half showed his class

DANNY SIMPSON

8

9 Con­stant for­ward runs caused prob­lems for Ip­swich and de­fended stoutly too

RICHARD DUNNE

7 Likes a good old-fash­ioned boot through the ball hoof but it worked ef­fec­tively enough

NE­DUM ON­UOHA

7 Solid enough at cen­tre back and en­joyed a good bat­tle with McGoldrick through­out

CLINT HILL

6 While Simpson roamed for­ward on the right, Hill was happy to stay back down the left

SHAUN WRIGHT-PHILLIPS

5 Showed glimpses of his speed and skill and was a con­stant threat

JOEY BAR­TON

8 Ev­ery­one’s favourite alice-band wear­ing pan­tomime vil­lain con­trolled the mid­field well

KARL HENRY

7 Did his job well with­out be­ing no­ticed too much

JU­NIOR HOI­LETT

8 Showed plenty of tricks and got into ex­cel­lent po­si­tions be­fore pro­vid­ing poor crosses

BOBBY ZAMORA

3 Had a shocker. Bul­lied off the ball too of­ten

CHAR­LIE AUSTIN

9 Had his chances but was de­nied by blocks and saves. Con­stant move­ment made him a threat

SUB­STI­TUTES O’NEIL 8; FOR HOI­LETT (56) JE­NAS 4; FOR HENRY (75) HITCH­COCK 9; FOR ZAMORA (83)

NOT USED: MUR­PHY, YUN, EH­MER, SHAR­IFF

IP­SWICH

FOR­MA­TION: 4-4-2

SCOTT LOACH

9 Stopped Austin a cou­ple of times with good saves but was pro­tected well by his de­fend­ers

EL­LIOTT HE­WITT

6 Had a dif­fi­cult task against Hoi­lett and then Wright-Phillips but on the whole did well

LUKE CHAM­BERS

4 Had a dif­fi­cult time com­pet­ing with Austin and was run ragged on oc­ca­sion

TOMMY SMITH

9 Shack­led and bul­lied Zamora bril­liantly all af­ter­noon

AARON CRESS­WELL

9 Got for­ward ex­cel­lently and put in some re­ally good crosses that de­served bet­ter fin­ishes

CAR­LOS EDWARDS

4 A fairly quiet af­ter­noon, he strug­gled to make an im­pact go­ing for­ward

COLE SKUSE

5 In­jured in the first half but strug­gled through to half time. Out-played by QPR’s mid­field

LUKE HYAM

5 En­joyed his tus­sle with Henry and did ok with­out be­ing spec­tac­u­lar

JAY TABB

5 In­dus­tri­ous as ever but lack­ing in qual­ity in the fi­nal third

DARYL MUR­PHY

3 Had al­most no im­pact apart from see­ing a chance he should have scored, saved by Green

DAVID McGOLDRICK

8 Worked tire­lessy up front but was on his own too of­ten

SUB­STI­TUTES TUN­NI­CLIFFE 6; FOR SKUSE (46) TAY­LOR 3; FOR MUR­PHY (62) NOU­BLE 3; FOR TAY­LOR (84)

NOT USED: CROWE, BERRA, AN­DER­SON, VE­SELI

RIGHT PLACE: Hitch­cock scores the win­ner

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