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Elliot Simoes on QPR goal and three points

22 June 2020

Match-winning forward gives us his brief thoughts on a perfect restart of the Reds' season.

Elliot Simoes made his third league start of the campaign on Saturday at Queens Park Rangers and registered his second goal for the club.

That strike proved to be the winner, as Gerhard Struber's Barnsley side kicked off the return to play in superb style, ending a 70-year wait for success at Loftus Road.

The Portuguese forward was naturally delighted with the outcome.

“It was a very good feeling," he told us, post-match. "Knowing that we’re in a relegation battle and that we’ve come back with a win, it's such a great day for all of us really.

"To get the goal, I'm buzzing with that."

This was the first game since the return to play, with a whole host of protocols in place, and of course, no supporters cheering on from the terracing.

Elliot admits it's not quite as special, but says the goal remains the same.

"It was very hard without our fans but we won which is the most important thing. Every game right now is a final so we need to keep working hard. We've got one down, another eight left to go."

The youngster described his goal to us, and reckons he was just doing his job. 

It was a tidy finish after a well-worked Reds opening, and Simoes put it away with supreme confidence. 

He also believes his knock that saw him replaced at half time isn't serious and hopes to be back at for the visit of Millwall.

“I always try to be confident, especially in those crucial situations. It was a very important goal. I only had one option which was to score and that’s what I did.

“I will 100 per cent be fit for the next game. It’s just a little knock that will go in a couple of days.”


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