McLaren: Portsmouth are going up – and we avoided ‘banana skin’

Steve McLaren believes Pompey are destined for the Championship.

Sunday, 27th January 2019, 11:30 am
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 7:17 pm
QPR boss Steve McClaren had praise for Pompey. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

And the QPR boss was thankful his side avoided a 'banana skin' at Fratton Park in Saturday's 1-1 FA Cup draw.

McLaren admitted the outcome of the fourth-round meeting was one he would've taken before a ball was kicked.

The 63rd-minute opener via Joel Lynch's own goal raised hopes of an upset, but Nahki Wells cancelled the goal out nine minutes later.

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McLaren breathed a sigh of relief at the game's outcome and reserved praised for the work Kenny Jackett is doing.

He has no doubt Jackett will be celebrating at the end of the season.

McLaren said: 'I would have settled for a replay before the game.

'Kenny Jackett has done a great job here. 

QPR boss Steve McClaren had praise for Pompey. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

'They are top of League One and will get promoted, no problem. 

They have got good players and showed that today.

'We were pleased with the first half but when we went a goal down the crowd really got behind them and our boys fought tremendously well and showed great character.

'We equalised and then it was both teams slugging it out for the winner.

'The conditions were horrendous. The wind was swirling and this had the potential to be a big banana skin for us.'

McLaren is out to improve a horrendous FA Cup record for QPR, with the the club not making the fourth round since 2012 - and last in the fifth round way back in 1997. McLaren told www.qpr.co.uk: 'It’s the FA Cup and you are playing at Portsmouth and you have to stand-up. ‘We’ve not been known for our fight in this competition for a long time. We needed to make sure we got a result of some sort today. 'I’m still happy to be in the cup, they beat Norwich last time and they will be in the Championship next season. It won’t be easy at Loftus Road.'