Manager reflects on 1-1 drawManager Nigel Adkins was pleased to see his players put on an excellent spectacle in our 1-1 draw with QPR, and he was relatively satisfied with a point against a very good side.
Rangers' excellent squad started the game well, but we then took control of the game and led through a brilliant Garath McCleary strike, only for Joey Barton to lash home a very good free kick.
"After the opening 15 we played where we wanted to, down the right in particular. We wanted McCleary to give their full back problems, Gunter with his athleticism and Hal into that channel.
"Well done to our players, we played a top team, a good open match and we got something from the game, although our desire was to win."
McCleary's goal was a thunderbolt from more than 25 yards out, and the boss was not surprised to see him hit the back of the net.
He said, "We try to get him between the lines and he did exactly the same away to Norwich in the Premier League last year. He can do it off both feet. he's a talented, talented football player. It was a great goal he went and scored, he does it all the time in training."
The boss made all three subs in one go late in the second half and explained, "It's a little bit of cat and mouse. Guthrie was injured, we didn't want to make that one. It was 1-1 at the time, they went to an extra man in midfield to shore the game up, so if we throw two up front [too early] we're a bit exposed. It's cat and mouse, but we went for it in a desire to win the game, it's a good point for both sides."
And asked about his players' response to the defeat at Sheff Wed seven days ago, he commented, "We actually played some good football last week. The scoreline wasn't great though and is the only thing that mattered. We analysed it, put a line under it and the players worked with a good intent all week for a good game against a good side."
Finally, the boss confirmed that Wayne Bridge will be out for a few weeks after a knee operation, Danny Guthrie picked up a groin injury and Adam Le Fondre had a slight hamstring niggle in the build-up to the match.
He also said Royston Drenthe and Danny Williams trained on the pitch after the game and need to work on their fitness after being out for eight weeks. They could get chance to play in a behind-closed-doors game this coming Friday, if their training goes well over the next few days. Mikele Leigertwood is also making progress and is back in the early stages of training.
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