Responding to QPR’s home draw with Norwich City
Marti Cifuentes, the manager of QPR, commended his players’ passion after their January window acquisitions contributed to a draw with the Canaries.
Isaac Hayden, a former loanee of Norwich, and Joe Hodge started the match, with Michael Frey coming on as a substitute and Lucas Andersen setting up the equalizer. On the other hand, Norwich manager David Wagner chose to reserve Sydney van Hooijdonk, his lone January acquisition, for the bench.
According to Cifuentes, a draw was a fair representation of the game.
“We performed admirably against a very strong team, and I want to commend the boys’ effort and attitude.
“Normally, I pay more attention to the tactical details. We had some excellent moments today, but this team and the fans are currently demonstrating a real will to strive to win every game till the very end.
Frey scored the equalizer with a beautiful pass from Andersen, and Cifuentes expressed his happiness with the new players’ influence. For us, the transfer window was excellent. First and foremost, those athletes shown a willingness and commitment to play for us. Second, due to their skill as players.
“Now, it’s about utilizing them to their full potential. Isaac had an excellent game, while Lucas had a terrific touch, a wonderful goal, and a fantastic assist for Frey. Joey performed admirably both today and against Blackburn.
“They are coming from various situations, so we need to be patient with them. I think it will take them a few more weeks to show their best.
“The most important thing is that they are coming to help; I don’t want anyone to think they are going to save us.”
QPR was brought to within two points of safety by the draw. They would climb out of the bottom three for the first time since September if they won at Stoke City on Wednesday.
“We must not give up and we must not lose hope,” Cifuentes continued. “In this league, you have to fight for your margins because nobody will give you anything.”
“I am always focused on the performance, but it is true that we have been playing well in many games and we feel like we could have scored more points.”