Queens Park Rangers: Goalscorer Matt Smith praises QPR colleague Paul Smyth for assist against Bolton Wanderers

Queens Park Rangers' Matt Smith (pic: Scott Heavey/PA)

Queens Park Rangers' Matt Smith (pic: Scott Heavey/PA) - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Smith and Smyth combined for second Rs goal against Trotters in Championship on Saturday

Queens Park Rangers forward Matt Smith praised team mate Paul Smyth for his cross that allowed the former to scored the second goal against Bolton Wanderers in the Championship on Saturday.

Smith headed home a Smyth ball from close range in stoppage time at the end of the second half against the Trotters, crowning a 2-0 win for the Rs.

After the Northern Ireland youth international crossed from the byline, Smith rose highest to get his head to the ball, but he was quick to congratulate his colleague on the delivery.

“It was a super cross from Paul. I said to the lads that when they get to the byline, to make sure they stand it up,” Smith told the club website.

“There were a lot of bodies in front of Paul, so he couldn’t drill the ball across.

“He stood it up really well and I know I’m bigger than everyone, so it’s my bread and butter when I see it rise to the back stick and I can get my head on it.”

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Smith was also involved in the opening goal for QPR on Saturday, heading the ball back across goal for defender Joel Lynch to nod in from close range.

A Luke Freeman free kick found Smith at the back post, and he was able to head it into the path of Lynch for the opener.

And again, despite being heavily involved, the former Fulham man was only too happy to praise his team mates’ for their contribution.

“It was a great ball in by Freesy (Freeman). I was a bit further out than I would have liked, so I thought I’d just put it back across the face of the goal,” added the 28-year-old.

“When you stick it in that ‘corridor of uncertainty’, we’ve got big men in the box and ‘Lynchy’ can rise above anyone. It was a really well worked goal.”

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