Queens Park Rangers booked their place in the fourth round of the League Cup yesterday by sealing a dramatic victory over Everton at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
The Hoops made the perfect start to this particular showdown as Charlie Austin opened the scoring for the Championship side.
Lucas Digne then levelled proceedings as he fired past QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng before Austin netted his second goal of the game.
Andros Townsend set up a penalty shoot-out in the second-half by scoring his third goal of the season.
Dieng helped QPR eliminate Everton from the competition as he saved Tom Davies’ spot-kick before Jimmy Dunne dispatched the winning penalty.
With the dust having now settled from this fixture, here are THREE things that we clearly learnt about QPR following their victory over the Toffees.
Austin should be handed a start on Friday following his fantastic display
Austin’s performance last night for QPR was spectacular as he played a starring role in their victory over Everton.
As well as scoring two goals against the Toffees, the forward won 10 aerial duels as he recorded an impressive WhoScored match rating of 9.34.
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When you consider just how effective Austin was against Everton, it would be a major shock if he doesn’t start against his former club West Bromwich Albion on Friday as he will be brimming with confidence heading into this fixture.
QPR’s home form could dictate whether they are able to launch a push for promotion
Whilst Queens Park Rangers have managed to pick up seven points from their four away league matches this season, they have been fairly inconsistent at home as they have only won once in the Championship at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium during the current term.
If the Hoops are to achieve a great deal of success at this level, they will need to improve their consistency in their home fixtures.
By using the momentum that they gained from their performance against Everton to their advantage, QPR may be able to launch a push for promotion by delivering the goods in-front of their supporters in the coming months.
Luke Amos’ return could help QPR reach new heights in the Championship
After missing a host of games due to a serious knee injury which he suffered last year, Luke Amos finally made his return to first-team action yesterday.
During his cameo display against Everton, the midfielder managed to record a respectable WhoScored match rating of 6.99 as he completed 86.7% of his passes and made two tackles.
Providing that Amos is able to maintain his fitness, he could potentially help QPR reach new heights in the Championship by forcing his team-mates to step up their performance levels in the heart of midfield.
With the Hoops set to take on West Brom later this week, it will be intriguing to see whether Warburton decides to give Amos another chance to impress in this fixture.