BY NICK KITUNO
Charlie Austin is “desperate to prove people wrong” after helping Queens Park Rangers seal a stunning comeback against rivals Brentford last night.
That’s the verdict of R’s boss Mark Warburton after he watched the striker, on loan from West Bromwich Albion, scored in the 76th minute to turn the derby on its head.
Ivan Toney had edged the Bees in front in the first half. Substitute Sam Field equalised with 18 minutes to go before Austin’s deflected finish from Lee Wallace’s cutback put QPR ahead as they held on for all three points.
Austin, 31, has found the net three times in his first six appearances since rejoining the R’s on loan, with Warburton hailing his impact on the team.
He said: “He enjoys scoring goals, full stop. He loves the club at QPR, it means a lot to him, he’s desperate to prove a lot of people wrong. He’s only 31 years of age and there’s a lot of good football left in Charlie Austin.
“He talks on the pitch, he talks off the pitch, and people listen. You’ve got him, you’ve got Stefan Johansen who I thought was outstanding tonight as well, you’ve got Lee Wallace, you’ve got Geoff Cameron, Albert Adomah.
“These senior pros have a knowledge of the game and experience which is so important, both on the pitch in terms of their performance but in their talking and communication.
“Charlie’s come in, and the players are listening and they are responding, and they are getting their rewards now which is all-important.”
Warburton also praised Field, who replaced the booked Dom Ball and made an impact from the bench in his debut for the club.
Field is also on loan from West Brom and joined the R’s on deadline day of the January transfer window for the remainder of the season.
Warburton believed the midfielder performed “really well” and feared a second yellow for Ball would have made it much harder for QPR to come back.
He added: “He’s [Field] got Premier League experience, he’s a young player who has been frustrated by injury, but he came on and showed his quality. He did a really good job sitting in front of the defenders there, working with Stefan and delivered the equalising goal as well.”
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