Eberechi Oluchi Eze felt QPR ‘did themselves proudly’ after his goal helped earn a share of the spoils from their New Year’s Day thriller at Aston Villa.

The Nigerian’s sumptuous second-half strike wasn’t quite enough to give Rangers all three points as Tammy Abraham’s second goal of the game pegged the R’s back.

The R’s number 10 was pleased to come away with something.

“We knew it was going to be a battle but I think we did ourselves proud with the way we played and, in the end, a point was probably fair,” the forward said.

Rangers fell behind to Abraham’s 21st-minute opener but responded well and went in level at half-time thanks to Luke Freeman’s long-range stunner just before the break.

“After they scored we got more confident,” Eze said.

“We created chances and played some nice football.”

Freeman’s fine effort was followed by one of his own from Eze.

Finishing off a fine flowing move, it also ended the youngster’s long wait for a goal since September – much to his relief.

Eze is of Nigerian ancestry and has previously trained with the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

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