A New Year but it’s the same old battling Queens Park Rangers that we’ve come to expect under manager Steve McClaren and we took another point from today’s 2019 opener against Aston Villa at Villa Park.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 21st minute but a Luke Freeman effort sent us into the halftime break with the scores level and just prior to the hour mark, Ebere Eze had given us the 2-1 advantage but the hosts fought back themselves to take a point.
All in all, a point apiece was probably the fair result based on the balance of the game as there was little between both sides when it came to clear goalscoring opportunities, although they did have more of the ball and efforts overall but 2-2 was how it ended when ten minutes of stoppage-time was up.
Speaking to the BBC following the fulltime whistle, McClaren told the press.
“It was a great game of football and a great advert for the Championship with two teams fully committed. I was delighted with the performance of my players to keep producing performances, especially away from home. They worked very hard for each other to give us a platform. The two goals were excellent and I feel we deserved the result. We are hard to beat and we are getting better with every game. In the last five games the lads have surprised me, showing great character and getting results.”
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