Queens Park Rangers: Ryan Manning happy to be back in starting XI as QPR take point on Sunderland trip

Ryan Manning of Queens Park Rangers (pic: Richard Sellers/PA)

Ryan Manning of Queens Park Rangers (pic: Richard Sellers/PA) - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Midfielder made first appearance for Rs in almost a month on Wearside

Ryan Manning was delighted to be involved in the Queens Park Rangers squad again after being named in starting XI for the 1-1 draw at Sunderland in the Championship.

Prior to his appearance on Wearside, the 21-year-old had not played for Ian Holloway’s men since the 3-2 loss away to Middlesbrough on September 16.

The Republic of Ireland youth international was recalled in place of the injured Jack Robinson, who suffered a hand injury in training, at left wing-back.

And while happy to be handed the chance, Manning did admit he was gutted for Robinson to miss out through injury given the form he has been in.

“It’s unfortunate for Jack, he’s been playing really well,” Manning told the club website.

“All of us are training hard, though, and ready to step in when called upon. Everyone knows what the plan is and what our identity is as a team. I think we’ve got a squad now where anyone can step in for anyone and do a job.

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“Obviously I was happy to get my chance and get back out there.”

QPR returned from their trip to the north east with a point after Idrissa Sylla’s opener for the visitors was cancelled out by an Aiden McGeady strike for Sunderland.

Sylla found the net with a header in the 37th minute to send the Rs into half-time with a 1-0 lead.

However, McGeady restored parity when he found the net with a delightful curling effort from the edge of the area.

Prior to the Black Cats’ goal, though, the west Londoners could have added to their lead, with Sylla and Pawel Wszolek both spurning chances.

Manning admits it was a touch disappointing not to return south with all three points having taken the lead at Sunderland.

But the youngster also knows that being disappointed with a draw at a club who last season were in the Premier League shows QPR are progressing in the right direction.

“It’s a little bit frustrating. We got in front and were in control of the game. It’s a good point in the end. We’ve gone up two places in the table so we’re moving in the right direction,” he added.

“To come away disappointed with only a draw from a trip to Sunderland shows what the squad is thinking.”

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