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Brian: The right reaction

4 November 2012

Boss on QPR draw

Brian McDermott says our 1-1 draw at QPR was a very positive reaction following the cup defeat to Arsenal in midweek.

McDermott's Royals were perhaps in the spotlight after our 7-5 reverse in midweek, but responded with a good performance. Overall a 1-1 draw was probably a fair result.

Brian said, "It's a positive point and a great reaction from what happened on Tuesday.

"We were 1-0 up today, could have gone further ahead and if we get a second it would have been done and dusted. We started brightly, it was an open game and our performance today was a good one away from home. We'll take the point and move on.

"As I mentioned it was a great reaction from the cup game. I know exactly what happened on Tuesday, at no point were we opened up in the 90 minutes, a couple of set plays and a long ball did us. That was just a freak game and I put virtually the same team out because I thought it was the right team for today. They did us proud, we were excellent at times, we really dug in, this is never an easy place to come, Chelsea have drawn here, Everton have drawn here as well.

"They've got good players here, Cisse scored with a good finish, Taarabt had his chance late on and McCarthy made another fabulous save. We have to move on and we look forward to playing at home next week.

"We also had a couple of opportunities, a couple of free headers we could have done better with. Probably late in the game our quality into the box needs to be better, but there's no disappointment in our dressing room today. We've got a result and even at the end we were trying to win it, so were QPR as well."

Asked to look ahead to November's fixtures, Brian simply said, "I just try to get to the next place up in the League, nothing else. Last season we tried to get up from 20-odd in the League, then when we got to first we couldn't go any further! 

"We've been in the lead on five occasions, there's only Spurs who have caused us massive problems. We've been right in every other game, by definition we need to make sure we finish games off.

"Every day I take heart from our players because they're such a great bunch. They have such a great spirit, you could see that today, they really put in a good shift for the club. I don't think about anything else, just getting back into training Tuesday."

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