QPR’s Lynch happy to come through ‘tough’ Brentford test smiling

Joel Lynch of Queens Park Rangers (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Joel Lynch of Queens Park Rangers (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo) - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

Defender was on target for Rs in victory over west London rivals in Sky Bet Championship

Joel Lynch was pleased Queens Park Rangers were able to secure derby-day delight with a 3-2 victory at home to Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Rs trailed at the break after Neal Maupay had headed the Bees in front midway through the first half.

However, goals from Massimo Luongo, Lynch and Nahki Wells saw the Loftus Road club turn the game on its head after the interval.

Henrik Dalsgaard reduced the deficit to one in the final 10 minutes to set up a nervy finish, but Steve McClaren’s men held on to triumph.

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And centre-back Lynch was pleased QPR came through a difficult test with all three points.

“It was a tough game and Brentford were always going to make it a tough game,” said the Wales international.

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“It being a derby, the atmosphere was good, but the conditions weren’t the best.

“Brentford are a good side and they’re different to other teams in the league; they press high, they’re fast and they’re a good passing team.

“We knew it was going to be tough, so to get a result against them is great for us.

“We didn’t have the best result at Blackburn Rovers (QPR lost 1-0), so it’s good to get the three points.”

Victory over Brentford leaves the Rs just two points outside of the top six with 17 games gone this season.

It has been a remarkable turnaround for a QPR side who lost their first four league games this term, but Lynch is not allowing himself to get too carried away.

The 31-year-old added: “Lots of different sides have gone through good spells and we’re going through one ourselves at the minute, but we need to maintain it; we can’t take our foot off the gas.

“It’s a confident dressing room now, we’ve started to pick up results and we’re winning well.

“We’re controlling games better and defending better. The dressing room is great to be in at the minute and we want that to continue.

“It’s all coming from hard work and keeping doing what we’re doing.”

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