QPR boss explains Charlie Austin and Tjaronn Chery substitution in 2-2 draw
PUBLISHED: 19:59 15 August 2015 | UPDATED: 20:21 15 August 2015
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Charlie Austin and Tjaronn Chery were taken off because they had ‘given their all,’ QPR boss Chris Ramsey revealed.
Chery shone on his home debut in midfield while Austin grabbed his first goal of the season to put Rangers 2-0 up and then saw another cleared off the line.
But the striker then followed Chery, substituted in the 55th minute, off the pitch before Cardiff roared back to grab a point.
And Ramsey revealed that the pair had just run out of steam and were not injured.
“It (Austin’s substitution) was just a precaution,” he explained. “Sometimes you watch players and you think ‘you know what, he has given his all.’ It was time to take him off and bring someone else on. He did well today Charlie.
“I think that he looked like Chery had given his all and there wasn’t much left in the tank. More tiredness.”
Chery swung in a serious of inviting balls throughout the match and Matt Phillips did the same on the other flank but with Austin playing as the lone frontman they struggled to convert the tempting deliveries.
And Ramsey admitted that is something they have to focus on in the coming weeks.
“It is something we need to work on and make people understand,” he said. “We need more bodies in the box and even when we did we didn’t get touches on them and secure the goals.”
The failure to see out a 2-0 lead at home means one of the pre-season promotion favourites have just a sole point with two games on the board, and their manager was left cursing the missed chances.
“It was not a good result, we should have sealed the points,” he added. “We had a lot of chances to seal the game, it should have been over.
“Charlie (Austin) has had one off the line and we’ve had a one v one. Lets be honest Rob (Green) hasn’t had that many saves to make. Cardiff were fantastic in possession and they did really well and looked dangerous.
“We’ve had balls flashing across the goal and we haven’t taken those chances and you get punished in the end.”
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