Cup shock as Rs reach round two!
PUBLISHED: 12:46 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:20 24 August 2010
Dave McIntyre QPR boss Iain Dowie is preparing for a selection headache after his side swept into the second round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday. Dani Parejo made his full debut for Rangers in their 3-2 victory over Swindon and was partnered by Mikele Lei
QPR boss Iain Dowie is preparing for a selection headache after his side swept into the second round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday.
Dani Parejo made his full debut for Rangers in their 3-2 victory over Swindon and was partnered by Mikele Leigertwood, while Emmanuel Ledesma did brilliantly on the right flank.
Dowie was full of praise for all three players and remains an admirer of Gavin Mahon, who missed the game and is nursing a foot injury.
With Martin Rowlands due to return from suspension next week, the Rs manager is facing some difficult decisions when he sits down to pick his starting 11.
"It's absolutely not going to be an easy choice and the players understand that," said Dowie.
"Martin Rowlands is a good player and as for Dani Parejo, you don't play for Real Madrid without being a good player and his set-piece delivery was sensational.
"I think Mikele has a chance to be a top midfield player. He wants to play there and he's got that solidity - you can't outrun him, you can't out-power him and he's got two good feet.
"We've got another good pro in Gavin Mahon, who played well against Barnsley on Saturday.
"Ledesma has great charisma and is a fans' favourite already. He was the most special player I saw when I went to Italy in the summer - such great ability."
Despite missing several chances, Ledesma was superb at the County Ground and could take the Championship by storm.
He ran riot in a first half that Rangers somehow ended 2-1 down after creating a host of chances and going ahead with a goal from the impressive Angelo Balanta.
Simon Cox fired home Swindon's equaliser before Billy Paynter's header put the League One side in front.
Parejo struck the post with a free-kick just before the break and Dexter Blackstock headed in Lee Cook's cross to level for Rangers less than a minute into the second half.
Damien Delaney, who captained the side, netted the winner after Swindon had failed to clear Ledesma's 54th-minute corner.
Dowie said: "I counted 12 good chances we had in the first half, yet we found ourselves 2-1 down.
"But the response was very good after half-time - it was one-way traffic.
"There was also a lot of resolve about it. This club gave away a lot of leads last year but we hung in there."
Dowie gave Lee Camp the nod against Swindon, having started with Radek Cerny in goal at the weekend.
"Now it's a decision for Saturday," Dowie admitted. "I'm lucky because really I've got two number-one keepers."
QPR: Camp; Connolly, Gorkss, Stewart, Delaney; LEDESMA* (Alberti 78), Parejo, Leigertwood, Cook; Blackstock (Di Carmine 70), Balanta.