Ruthless Remy has the class to become QPR's saviour
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SPIRITED defence won Queens Park Rangers a point at Upton Park, but Loic Remy's goal with his first shot in English football – about the only one that QPR mustered all afternoon – proved that a ruthless striker comes in handy as well.
Clint Hill, one of the keystones of that wall, believes that the arrival of Remy from Marseille for £8.5m could make the difference in the team's battle against relegation.
"He made a couple of runs and was just flagged offside and then he burst through and took his goal well," Hill said.
"We've probably been lacking that little bit of a threat, so we needed to get someone of his calibre into the team. And he showed how deadly he was. Hopefully, he will kick-start our campaign, but we have to work our opportunities to get him in a bit more."
He can say that again. After Remy's 14th-minute strike, QPR struggled to string passes together and Hill, Ryan Nelsen and Julio Cesar were called upon to repel mounting pressure, which emphasised the loss that will be felt when Nelsen eventually leaves to manage Toronto FC.
"Our combined ages are about 69 and he has been brilliant," Hill said. "He is a great leader and, more importantly, he's one of the best centre-halves I've played with. He is calm, doesn't say a lot and leads by example. He's going to be a massive loss to the club."
QPR would face less pressure if they had Joe Cole to keep the ball in midfield, but he chose to rejoin West Ham, his old club, rather Harry Redknapp, his former manager.
Cole showed his forwards the way with a well-deserved equaliser in his third appearance after almost a decade away at Chelsea and Liverpool.
West Ham had several chances to win the match, but QPR's defence stood firm to earn a point. (© Independent News Service)