Britannia Stadium

Next Game

Stoke v QPR

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Loftus Road Stadium

Last Game

QPR 0 - 2 Man Utd

Saturday, 17 January 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Bond hails 'excellent' Barton

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond praised the efforts of Joey Barton for helping his side snatch a 1-1 draw at Reading, even though it was not enough to take them back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship.

Last Updated: 09/11/13 at 16:28 Post Comment

Kevin Bond: Singled out Joey Barton for his performance

Kevin Bond: Singled out Joey Barton for his performance

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Reading took a 62nd-minute lead through Garath McCleary but midfielder Barton equalised 12 minutes from time with a well-struck free-kick to earn Rangers a point.

"Joey was excellent," Bond said. "He got a great goal and that really got us back in the game. He was terrific all match and he has been terrific for us all season."

Bond did feel, though, that Rangers missed the chance to take a stranglehold on the game in the first half.

"We had a number of chances early on and should have been at least 2-0 up but their keeper [Alex McCarthy] made a number of wonderful saves," he added.

"It would have been a whole different game if it had panned out early on for us. But I knew Reading would eventually come back at us and they did.

"Not scoring many goals does put a bit of pressure on yourselves but, thankfully, we've been mostly tight at the back this season."

QPR had got back on track, after three matches without a win, by beating Derby 2-1 in their last outing.

They tore into Reading from the off, with Junior Hoilett striking the bar from 25 yards and Charlie Austin twice being denied by athletic saves from McCarthy.

Reading gradually got into contention, with Pavel Pogrebnyak jabbing a shot just wide from a McCleary cross and also nodding over from a Chris Gunter centre. QPR keeper Robert Green also had to make a fine stop to keep out a glancing header from Chris Baird from a Guthrie free-kick.

QPR responded swiftly, with McCarthy again in action and having to make fine saves from an Austin header and an angled drive from Hoilett.

But Reading, hammered 5-2 at Sheffield Wednesday in their previous outing, went ahead just after the hour when McCleary unleashed a dipping 25-yard shot that deceived Green and bounced in off a post.

Reading could have doubled their lead, with Green saving smartly from Jordan Obita, but QPR stole a point when Kaspars Gorkss clumsily fouled Austin on the edge of the area and Barton clipped home the free-kick through a gap in the defensive wall. McCarthy got a hand to the ball but could not keep it out.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins was pleased at the reaction from his side after the 5-2 debacle against Wednesday.

"I anticipated a good response and no one let me down," Adkins said. "It was a good game with a lot of energy from both sides. We went in front and wanted to see it out but they got back into it with a good goal.

"We keep getting on the scorecard and keep ticking over. As long as we stay in the race, that's the main thing. Every game in this division is a challenge, every game is competitive. We drew a line under the Sheffield Wednesday game and we're just now striving to improve."

Bond, meanwhile, confirmed that central defender Richard Dunne, who was replaced at half-time, had a back injury and is likely to miss Ireland's friendlies against Latvia and Poland.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: FA charges Chelsea striker Diego Costa over 'stamp' on Liverpool's Emre Can

The FA have charged Chelsea striker Diego Costa with violent conduct over his clash with Liverpool's Emre Can on Tuesday.

Transfer news: Arsenal complete the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista

Arsenal have completed the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel on a long-term deal, for an undisclosed fee.

Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell

Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell going to the Spanish club on loan.

Mail Box

Erm... Balotelli To QPR..?

It's an afternoon Mailbox that offers the reaction to the reaction, with a defence for Diego Costa offered, and Balotelli mooted to move to QPR. Plus a silly idea about the Mails...

'Diego Costa Is A Thug.' Sore Losers..?

There is plenty of fallout from Diego Costa's stamps of authority on Tuesday's League Cup semi-final. Plus Blatter, Rodgers' substitutions and stretching the transfer truth...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company