Queens Park Rangers got back to winning ways with an emphatic 4-1 victory over lowly Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.
A Lyndon Dykes brace stole the headlines – quite understandably, too – as he became the first player in the second-flight to achieve that feat with two headed efforts.
The Scotsman also drew high praise from the EFL on Quest show, where his display was dubbed a “10/10 target man performance,” but there was another name that deserved just as much acclaim.
Playing in just behind the striker, former Arsenal academy graduate Chris Willock arguably stole the show, capping off his efforts with a 90th-minute strike that even his goal-laden teammate would’ve been proud of.
He had set up Dykes’ second on the hour mark with a deft header inside the area, just one of three key passes throughout the match as he proved to be a serious creative outlet for Mark Warburton.
No other Hoops player managed as many chances created, whilst his 90% passing accuracy was amongst the best performers on the pitch – across both teams. It was even better than the Owls’ playmaker Barry Bannan.
The 23-year-old dynamo proved to be a real thorn in the side as he also chipped in with two successful dribbles and a total of three shots.
Willock was even a hard man to shake off the ball – he won five of six (83%) of his battles, both on the ground and in the air and crucially, his one aerial duel won resulted in that assist.
West London Sport graded the attacking maestro as QPR’s best player, alongside Dykes, in their post-match ratings column.
‘Excellent display from the former Arsenal man, who was outstanding throughout playing in a more forward role alongside Dykes,’ wrote Ian McCullough. ‘Set up the move for the second goal and nodded the ball down for the Scot to score his second. Scored a richly deserved goal in the final minute with a clinical finish.’
This was only Willock’s 15th league start of the season, which as one of the Rs’ highest-earners on a reported £10k-per-week may come as a surprise. The £1.1m-rated gem may have even just fired a huge message to Warburton that he should be starting more often.