Bond hails QPR as they rediscover goal touch at Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 18:18 11 January 2014 | UPDATED: 18:18 11 January 2014
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QPR assistant boss Kevin Bond hailed his side’s clinical finishing after three-second half goals gave them an excellent 3-1 win at Ipswich Town.
The pursuit of Premier League football has seen QPR build the meanest defence in the Championship but they have found goals hard to come by.
That all changed on Saturday with three in 23 minutes as QPR put Ipswich - with their own designs on a top-six finish - to the sword.
Bond, who spoke to the press instead of manager Harry Redknapp, said: “We have found goals hard to come by so to score three today was excellent.
“It was always going to be a difficult game as they have been on a terrific run. Ipswich started very brightly and had a couple of good opportunities.
“But we came back into the game and we were much better in the second half. The goals didn’t look like coming in the first half but the first goal eased us a little and meant they had to chase the game.”
QPR eventually cruised to three points but it was Ipswich who shaded an entertaining first half which saw both teams just unable to add a finish to gilt-edged chances.
That all changed in the second half. Niko Kranjcar skipped past Luke Chambers and Paul Taylor too easily but his finish into the far corner in the 52nd minute was fitting of someone plying their trade in the Premier League just two seasons ago.
That lead was doubled in the 66th minute when Charlie Austin’s 25-yard shot was parried by Dean Gerken, but only into the path of the onrushing Gary O’Neill who tapped it into the open goal.
Two became three with 15 minutes remaining as Tommy Smith’s woeful attempts to clear Clint Hill’s long clearance allowed substitute Armand Traore to nip in and score.
Ipswich grabbed a consolation as the match entered injury time - with Smith showing remarkable acrobatics to divert Stephen Hunt’s corner into the net.
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