Mini Beast from the East could not stop QPR fans’ charity walk



QPR score against Fulham in the derby. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

Nick Skoric

By Nick Skoric

The mini Beast from the East could not stop the unwavering QPR fans from completing their 10-mile walk to Craven Cottage in aid of the QPR Tiger Cubs on Saturday.

This was the ninth edition of the Tiger Feet Walk to raise money for the dedicated QPR football team for children with Down Syndrome.

The artic-like walk to the south of the…borough was certainly worth it. And it was made all the better after the R’s continued their impressive form away from home with a 2-2 draw against high-flying Fulham.

Pawel Wszolek netted the late equaliser to send the away end into a frenzy after a spirited second half display from the Hoops following Ian Holloway’s gasket-blowing half-time talk.

The QPR Tiger Feet Walk fundraisers

Massimo Luongo had crucially pulled one back in first-half stoppage time to make it 2-1 but the bookies still had the Whites odds on to secure the three points despite the Rs taking the scalp of heavy-hitters Aston Villa in their previous fixture a few days earlier.

Wszolek then pounced on a Denis Odoi error in the 81st minute to slot the ball past Marcus Bettinelli and earn a crucial point in the west London derby, which dented Fulham’s automatic promotion hopes.

At the turn of the year, the Polish international was worried about his seat on the plane to this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia after failing to hold down his place in the Rs starting line-up.

But those concerns have disappeared with the dynamic wingback starting every league game in 2018 bar the 1-1 draw with Derby County on 6 March.

Wszolek will fly out to Poland for this Friday’s game with Nigeria which will be the first time the two sides have faced each other at senior level before Poland face South Korea next Tuesday during the two-week international break.

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