QPR finally got back to winning ways at the weekend with a resounding 4-0 victory over Swansea having battled to a significant point away at Millwall on Wednesday, with goals from Darnell Furlong, Massimo Luongo and Tomer Hemed (2) enough to secure a much-needed three points for the R’s.
The latter goalscorer was presumably brought in to provide some tenacity up front and delivered in abundance, with his two strikes showcasing strength and awareness – two features of the Israeli’s performance that these Hoops fans, who were frustrated by his inclusion in the starting line-up over Nakhi Wells and Matt Smith, were clearly not expecting to see.
Hemed over wells, I give up
— Greg (@GCR00) April 13, 2019
— Rene Kunisch (@10MagicHat) April 13, 2019
Hemed is not good enough .
— MykeQPR (@KposowaMichael) April 13, 2019
Cousins and Hemed!? Oh no.
— Adam?? (@Adamstubbs5) April 13, 2019
Can’t play cousins and scowen never works . Hemed just is too lazy. Exe and wells should start rest of the team is ok . And unless Cameron is injured I don’t see why he isn’t in the team .
— AW3 Plays (@AW3Tweets) April 13, 2019
Despite having netted just five goals in 23 appearances prior to the clash at Loftus Road on Saturday, the 31-year-old could have had a hatful this game, with the Swans’ defensive concerns laid bare.
When John Eustace named Hemed in the starting XI, fans certainly weren’t expecting much from the Brighton loanee but he had everything in a man of the match display in W12.
With a 75% passing success rate, the number 16’s link-up play was solid, while he also won six aerial duels – a capable deputy for behemoth Smith up front. The standout stat, though, besides the two goals, is the four dribbles – his highest figure all season and one that shows he can also replace Wells’ directness on occasion (stats all from WhoScored).
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