QPR defender earns praise after bagging his first league goal for club in 2-0 win at Stoke City

BY NICK KITUNO

John Eustace has hailed Osman Kakay after the defender grabbed his first league goal for Queens Park Rangers in their 2-0 win away to Stoke City.

Kakay lashed home from a sweeping R’s move as they scored either side of half-time to climb further up the Championship table in the penultimate game of their season.

The Sierra Leone international has made 27 appearances for QPR this season, his most at the club since coming up through its youth system, and netted his second goal of the campaign overall.

Assistant manager Eustace stood in on the touchline for boss Mark Warburton, who has undergone knee surgery, and praised Kakay after he found the net.

He said: “We’ve got some fantastic senior players in the group and we’ve got some really good honest, young, exciting players. Ossie has had a really good season, and to finish the season off like that, you could see what it meant to him and to the rest of the squad on the side.

“He celebrated with them and all credit to him. It was a fantastic move, really exciting bit of football, with the way we transitioned, with the way we got through, we played through them, and it was a really good goal.

“Ossie does a lot of unnoticed work in the team, and in the squad, and he’s a pleasure to work with every day. He’s come through the system at the club and we’re very proud of him, and he’s done a fantastic job today.”

Stoke were forced into an early change just 14 minutes in, when Nick Powell left the pitch injured, before finding themselves a goal down soon after.

Lyndon Dykes robbed Harry Souttar of possession before slotting Charlie Austin through on goal for a powerful right-footed finish into the bottom corner 16 minutes in.

The hosts went close to drawing level through Josh Tymon and Rabbi Matondo but fell further behind late in the second half.

Rangers moved the ball quickly from back to front before Kakay dispatched home from Stefan Johansen’s through pass after 71 minutes.

PICTURE: SEAN GOSLING

 


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