Luke Amos grabbed the only goal of the game as Queens Park Rangers leaped into fourth place following their victory over Huddersfield Town on Wednesday evening.
It has been a tricky campaign so far for the Tottenham Hotspur academy graduate, making just one league start after a spell on the treatment table and having to bide his time amid intense competition for places in central midfield. Amos replaced Andre Dozzell, one of QPR’s best performers in recent weeks, on 71 minutes and nodded home the winner from Chris Willock’s cross ten minutes later.
Creating positive selection headaches for Mark Warburton in the process and giving Rangers a chance to climb into third place this weekend.
The 24-year-old took to Instagram to express his emotions after the game.
He wrote: “Amazing feeling to score and help the team get the win! More to come.”
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Rangers’ home form this season has been outstanding, six wins, three draws and one loss, if they can continue to pick up points with as much regularity on their home patch then Warburton’s men have a great chance of finishing inside the play-off places this term.
With talents like Eberechi Eze and Bright Osayi-Samuel sold on in recent years, Rangers have managed to cobble together an even tighter knit squad and Amos’ cover and support from the fringes is crucial to creating that positive environment.
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It is a squad game and Rangers have been able to put themselves in a strong position by smartly reinvesting some of the money brought in from player sales in recent years. Dipping into League One to acquire the services of Rob Dickie, Jordy De Wijs, Moses Odubajo and Andre Dozzell did not look like ground-breaking signings at the time but they have all heavily contributed to building a squad capable of pushing for the top six.
There will be tougher times to come this season when more stringent questions are asked of their play-off credentials but if the last month or so is anything to go by, there are is in this race for the duration. Saturday’s trip to Derby will be an interesting encounter with the Rams beating Bournemouth and drawing with Fulham in their last two.