McClaren hails Smith as QPR forward continues scoring form
PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 February 2019
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Rs striker has four goals in his last five games after netting once in first 26 games this term
Steve McClaren hailed Matt Smith after the Queens Park Rangers forward maintained his good form with a brace against Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship.
Despite the Rs losing 4-3, Smith was a handful for the Blues defence and could have had a hat-trick were it not for the display from away stopper Lee Camp.
Smith’s double against Birmingham means four goals in his last five matches, having only netted once in his previous 26 appearances this term.
The 29-year-old has had to patiently bide his time with QPR boss McClaren preferring the likes of Nahki Wells, Ebere Eze and Tomer Hemed in attack.
And the Rs boss is delighted that Smith has demonstrated why he should be starting on a regular basis.
“It’s been a great week for Matt. He was out in the cold and he’s had to wait for his opportunity, but he’s worked hard and he’s always been effective coming on.
“I just feel it’s a progression with myself as well with the team. You don’t run before you walk and we’ve had to walk, had to gradually introduce things and we’ll have to do things again.
“We want a good end to the season, but we want more second half performances like what we had on Saturday.”