Skipper says QPR must create more chances for Remy
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Clint Hill believes QPR need to provide better service to Loic Remy despite the club record signing’s debut goal at West Ham on Saturday.
Remy, who cost Rangers £8m from Marseille, took just 14 minutes to open his account, running onto Adel Taarabt’s through ball and firing beyond Hammers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.
But the French striker had few further glimpses of goal, cutting a more isolated figure as West Ham seized control of the game and, despite Joe Cole’s equaliser, the visitors held on for a 1-1 draw.
“I thought in the first 20 minutes we looked dangerous on the break, with Adel and Remy up front,” said Hill, who captained Rangers at Upton Park. “Remy dug in and made some great runs.
“We managed to slip him in and he took his chance very well – that shows the calibre of player we’ve got on our hands. We just need to create a few more opportunities for him really.
“In the end we’ve got to be happy with that point, the way the game panned out. West Ham put us under a hell of a lot of pressure – they got the ball into the box, got men around the ball and made it very difficult for us.”
Rangers were indebted to goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who blocked Kevin Nolan’s volley early on and produced vital stops in the second half to foil Joe Cole and Marouane Chamakh.
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But the keeper was finally beaten in the 66th minute when he could only parry a header from substitute Carlton Cole and namesake Joe – who turned down a move to QPR in favour of returning to Upton Park – netted the rebound.
Cole might have grabbed a late winner when he rounded Cesar, but Fabio came to Rangers’ rescue by lunging in to block the shot.