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Friendly: Laird nets in QPR draw

14 January 2014

Marc Laird, Seedy Njie and Jason Williams on target in 3-3 draw with Queens Park Rangers

Graham Coughlan was pleased with the attitude and performance levels as a development side drew 3-3 with Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday afternoon.

QPR’s side included the likes of Bobby Zamora, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Luke Young, and it was Zamora who equalised for the hosts after Marc Laird had given Blues the lead.

Samba Diakite made it 2-1 to QPR just before half-time, and just after the break Dylan Carreiro extended the host’s lead.

Jason Williams then pulled one back for Blues after coming off the bench before fellow striker Seedy Njie then equalised to make it 3-3 with then minutes remaining.

Coughlan said: “We made six changes and that seemed to liven us up a bit and we got ourselves back into the game.

“The experienced heads all got a worthwhile run out and Lairdy took his goal really well in the first-half.

“I always think it is better to be playing games rather than training and the experienced players really helped the younger lads.

“QPR had some real experience and quality in their team, so we did well to match them.

“The younger lads will all learn from this experience. It was good to see the young strikers get a goal each too.

“We showed really good character to get back in the game. We never stopped going and might’ve won it at the end.”

Paul Smith, Freddy Eastwood, Craig Reid, Jack Payne, Marc Laird, Bedsente Gomis and Adam Thompson all played in the game.

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