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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Further Reports & Comments re QPR vs Northampton

Sporting Life


QPR boss Gary Waddock backed super-sub Ray Jones to keep his feet on the ground after the teenager's first career goal sent the Hoops into the second round of the Carling Cup.

Rangers blew a two-goal lead, courtesy of deflected strikes from Lee Cook and Kevin Gallen, as Jerome Watt and Andy Kirk hauled slick League One side Northampton back into the game at Loftus Road.

But Jones, who has been earning some rave reviews for his performances this season, climbed off the bench to head Rangers into the next round with a 3-2 win to avenge a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of the Cobblers at the same stage of the competition last year.

"His life couldn't be much better over the past couple of weeks," said Waddock. "He's had a lot of attention but he's been exactly the same.

"He made his debut this season and everyone was raving but he didn't score, and now he has.

"He's a very talented young man. Young players can reach a certain level but we hope he will develop into a better player."

Waddock admitted Northampton had provided a scare for his side but was full of praise for his players' character.

"Credit to Northampton, they are a good footballing side," he added. "But at 2-2 we could have folded, and last season we might well have done, so that is credit to the players."

Opposite number John Gorman felt hard done by, however, although he too saluted his side's resilience.

"It was a great game and a good advert for the cup," said Gorman. "I don't think we deserved to lose, but then I didn't think we deserve to be two goals down, both to deflected shots.

"Their second goal wasn't a free-kick but then I don't think we got a decision all night.

"But I'm proud of my players, we came back from two goals down, took the game to QPR and created lots of chances for an away team."

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