Date: 15th March 2018 at 11:38am
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Young striker Eberechi Eze has said that he believes we caught Aston Villa cold in our last match and the way Queens Park Rangers took the game to them was key to that.

Heading to Villa Park on Tuesday evening, whether it was the fact we took them by surprise with the way we played, and whether that was aided by them being on a high following the manner and scoreline of their victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, it was a great and much needed three points and a further boost.

Speaking to the Official Site this week as the dust settles on the three one victory, Eze explained.

‘Aston Villa are obviously right up there but I don`t think they were prepared for the way we attacked them. Of course we wanted to be tight and structured but we said before that if they make some mistakes or overplay in dangerous areas then we should get forward with numbers and counter attack them and that`s exactly what we did. It`s a great performance from the lads, we dug deep, worked hard and stuck to the plan.’

With first half goals from Ryan Manning and Jake Bidwell giving us control in the game, Eze also felt that QPR made the most of defensive tweaks Villa employed when they fell behind and it helped him on a personal basis.

‘I didn`t actually expect to get the kind of space I was getting in midfield, the game was more open than what I expected. I think because Matt Smith was causing them problems they put Mile Jedinak back in defence to help deal with him and that worked in my favour because I could get into pockets and just enjoy being on the ball. We were rewarded for positive attacking football, at 2-0 we could have just settled to defend but we felt there was a third goal for us and we deservedly got it.’

His developing partnership with the aforementioned Smith also came into the chat.

‘It`s great playing with Matt because he wins so many headers and occupies defenders meaning I can pick up loose balls and drop a bit deeper and play in the midfield lines which suits me.’

As for his own development, he ended by saying.

‘I`m enjoying my football. I`ve been playing in League Two and it was great but I want to show what I can do in this division and for this team. It`s taken me a while to get a start but now I just want to keep going and keep improving for the last part of the season.’