Date: 21st March 2018 at 2:42pm
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Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Alex Smithies has been reflecting on the draw with Fulham last weekend and he feels on another day we would’ve taken all three points from the tie.

Heading to Craven Cottage last Saturday for the final game ahead of the March international break, in form Fulham had a two goal lead by the 45th minute but a strong response saw Ian Holloway’s side fight back to secure a point with goals coming from Mass Luongo and Pawel Wszolek.

The result saw us go four unbeaten in recent times in the Championship, and speaking to the Official Site today, Smithies was obviously pleased with the way we fought back, but he did have some disappointment that we hadn’t managed to get a third goal on the day to take the win.

‘When we went 2-0 down against such a good team and in a derby game, it would have been easy for us to put our heads down and lose a bit of spirit but we didn`t do that. We found the first half tough but we got a lifeline with the goal just before half-time and that really lifted us.’

With Luongo’s strike in first half stoppage time Smithies went on to explain that it did change the outlook on the game at the half time break and the players knew it was something they could build on.

‘I thought it really knocked their spirit as well. When you look at the start of the second half, we seemed the more likely to score while they didn`t really create too much.’

Talking more specifically about our mentality in the second period, he admitted the performance was completely different and having dominated it as we did the least we deserved was a share of the spoils.

‘The second half was completely different and we completely dominated it. We got tighter to them, we were winning the second balls and when we did get on the ball, we had the composure to keep possession, which gave the lads bit of a breather. On another day we could have gone on and won it.’