Dutch ace nets two in QPR win

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Bruce Archer

CHRIS Ram­sey thanked di­rec­tor of football Les Fer­di­nand for putting a Ch­ery on top of his QPR side as they bid to re­turn to the Premier League at the first time of ask­ing.

Tjaronn Ch­ery, their new Dutch midfielder, scored twice as the R’s won a six-goal thriller that saw Char­lie Austin bag the other two in their first home win of the sea­son.

Ch­ery struck ei­ther side of half­time be­fore Austin’s edge-of-the-box shot spilled through keeper Kelle Roos.

Rother­ham’s Jon­son ClarkeHar­ris and Tom Thorpe hit back for the Millers but Austin’s late penalty ended any hope of a fight­back.

“Les found him for me,” Ram­sey said. “He sends peo­ple out to source play­ers. He did the deal to bring Ch­ery over so thank you, Les, for this.

“He plays any­where in the front group. He’s a very skil­ful player, brought up in the Dutch style, where they’re very tech­ni­cal.

“We de­cided to play him off the striker de­spite hav­ing Mas­simo Luongo, whose prob­a­bly as good as him in there, but we’ve got to get them both in.

“He’s about goals and cre­at­ing goals. What he’s had to do, which he’s find­ing a lit­tle bit dif­fi­cult, is the de­fend­ing part.We haven’t got the lux­ury of not de­fend­ing as a team.”

Austin, who QPR re­jected a bid from Nor­wich for on the morn­ing of the game, came un­der scru­tiny from West Ham co-chair­man David Sul­li­van this week and hit back in style with his two goals.

And Ram­sey has told him his dream of play­ing for Eng­land at next sum­mer’s Eu­ros is still pos­si­ble while in the Cham­pi­onship.

Austin was called into Roy Hodg­son’s squad in May for the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land and Slove­nia games but didn’t play.

He hit 18 goals last sea­son as the R’s fin­ished bot­tom of the ta­ble and spec­u­la­tion has seen him linked with West Ham, New­cas­tle, Ever­ton and even Chelsea so far this sum­mer, but Ram­sey is hope­ful of keep­ing him be­yond dead­line day.

“Am­bi­tion is a big thing and when you’re a foot­baller you al­ways want to play as high as you can,” Ram­sey added.

“And let’s be hon­est, if he wants to play in the Eu­ros next sum­mer he’s go­ing to be eye­ing a move back to the Premier League but Roy Hodg­son has picked play­ers from the Cham­pi­onship be­fore, so he may be bet­ter off here scor­ing a hat­ful.”

The visi­tors were equal to Rangers in the open­ing ex­changes but came un­done from the best move of the match af­ter 42 min­utes as James Perch was fed down the right wing.

The for­mer New­cas­tle man crossed for Austin who layed on for Ch­ery to curl in the opener.

Ch­ery’s sec­ond be­fore Austin added the third seemed to kill the game but Clarke-Harris struck on the break and Thorpe from a cor­ner late on.

Rother­ham boss Steve Evans, whose side drop to the bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble, slammed the de­ci­sion to award a late penalty with the match on a knife-edge.

Sub­sti­tute Se­bas­tian Polter went down un­der a chal­lenge from Chris Maguire be­fore Austin slot­ted home from 12 yards.

“We had a cou­ple of half chances but didn’t take them,” Evans said.

“It was a good per­for­mance, but goals al­ways change matches, it was a very good fin­ish and a good pas­sage of play to open us up for the first.

“We showed some char­ac­ter, but then the ref­eree makes an aw­ful de­ci­sion and gives the penalty and that kills any hope we have of an equaliser.”

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