Queens Park Rangers welcomed Leeds United to Loftus Road yesterday for our FA Cup third round clash.
Manager Steve McClaren certainly rotated the pack for the game as some players got a runout and others a rest, but we took advantage from the penalty spot 23 minutes into the first half through Aramide Oteh. The visitors quickly levelled, finding the back of the net themselves just two minutes later, but having won the initial penalty, Jake Bidwell went one better with 15 minutes remaining in the game to give us a 2-1 advantage and that’s where the scoring on the day ended.
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— QPR FC (@QPR) January 6, 2019
We booked our place in tonight’s FA Cup fourth round draw and it’s another W in McClaren’s column for the season.
Speaking to the BBC following the fulltime whistle, a delighted McClaren explained.
“We’ve got a lot of injuries but this showed the depth of the squad. The youngsters have worked hard, had to wait for their opportunities, and this shows the future is bright. Cups are exciting and it gives our squad an opportunity, so long may it continue. In the last few weeks we created history by winning at Nottingham Forest for the first time and now we’re into the fourth round. But it’s not just that, it’s about a good performance and the result. I thought we deserved to win. We created a lot of chances and could have had more goals.”
The game sees QPR through to the fourth round for the first time since 2013 and it’s also apparently the first time we’ve picked up a win at this stage since 1997 without needing a replay.
Onto the next one.