Jagielka hails Everton spirit

Everton defender Phil Jagielka was happy with the spirit his

side showed to hold on for a 1-1 draw at QPR despite Steven

Pienaar’s sending-off.

Julio Cesar’s own goal cancelled out Junior Hoilett’s early

opener for Rangers, but Everton, and Jagielka in particular, had to

defend desperately at times after they had Pienaar sent off in the

61st minute.

“It shows the spirit we’ve got, we dug in,” the England

centre-back told Sky Sports 1.

“Once we went down to 10 men I thought we did a very good job

and limited them to very few chances.”

Everton captain Phil Neville felt his side deserved their

point.

“I think so,” he said. “With Steven Pienaar getting sent off it

was backs to the wall. We knew QPR were going to be fighting for

their lives.

“I think when we went down to 10 men we would have taken a

point.”

Pienaar was dismissed for a second yellow card for a

soft-looking foul on Jose Bosingwa.

“I think the second booking was a little bit harsh,” added

Neville.

QPR manager Mark Hughes admitted his frustration that his side

remain without a win in the Premier League this season.

“The emotion we are all feeling is frustration because I think

we showed today that our football is good and we try and play in

the right manner,” he said.

“We try and get the ball down, try and get width and get our

technical players to take people on. We have been doing that since

the start of the season and we have had good performances, but

haven’t been able to take that final step.

“The guys are in the dressing room really disappointed because

this was an opportunity.”

Hughes did take some positives from the game, however, as he

felt his players held their own against a strong Everton team who

currently occupy fourth spot in the league.

He said: “In the end we have gone up against one of the better

side in the Premier League who have started like a house on fire

and we have matched them.

“On another day we should have beaten them, but obviously we are

disappointed because we still have to get three points on the

board.”

The Welshman stressed before the weekend a good start to the

game was vital for his side after they had conceded early goals in

their previous two league matches.

Hoilett’s goal meant Hughes got his wish and he was pleased with

the intensity shown by his side from the kick-off.

“We got an early reward,” he said.

“Obviously we had talked about starting well because we haven’t

done that in the last couple of games and thankfully we addressed

that detail in our game that has been hurting us.”

QPR laid siege to the Everton goal for a period in the second

half, but could not find a way through, although Hughes felt his

side should have been awarded a penalty from referee Jonathan Moss

for a foul on Hoilett.

“We should have had a stonewall penalty,” he said. “The referee

is only four metres away so why he hasn’t given it I have no idea,

but in fairness I think he frustrated both teams and both sets of

supporters today. I don’t think it was one of his best

performances.”

Everton boss David Moyes felt the match was an important one for

QPR and claimed Hughes’ side will soon find their feet.

He said: “It was going to make it difficult to win when it went

to 10, but I think we still tried to counter-attack at the right

moments.

“It was a big game for QPR as you could see so we knew what we

had to deal with. I think the players’ did a really good job and

kept the momentum going and made sure we got a result today.

“I think they will achieve more at QPR, they have a really

experienced team. I have seen them play a couple of times and the

players they have had great experience.

“I think they have got good players, when you bring in an awful

lot of new players it can be difficult.

“They need to give the manager time. They worked hard for Mark

today and tried to get a result.”

Moyes was unhappy with the decision from Moss to send Pienaar

off in the second half after the midfielder appeared to make little

contact with Jose Bosingwa.

“(It was) very, very harsh to give someone a red card for that,

incredible,” he said.

“I don’t even know if he touched him, I think the boy (Bosingwa)

lifted his leg and it hit Steven rather than Steven hitting him so

I think it was the wrong decision.”