Football - Bond hails classy Kranjcar

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond praised the form of Niko Kranjcar and remained positive after the 2-2 draw at Millwall.

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The impressive Kranjcar put the visitors ahead in controversial fashion as QPR broke up field and opened their account on 26 minutes after referee Mike Dean had waved away a strong Millwall penalty appeal when Charlie Austin appeared to trip Liam Trotter.

Scott McDonald equalised after the break - the first league goal Rangers had conceded in nine matches - before Austin put QPR back ahead, only for Jermaine Easter to equalise at the death.

Bond said: "Niko Kranjcar is a magnificent footballer. He has got that top class quality, he can see things and he can execute things as you saw today, he was excellent.

"I don't know whether I was surprised. He has obviously worked with the manager before and was comfortable to come back and but we are delighted that he has come back. We are very pleased and lucky to have him."

QPR remain unbeaten in the Championship but lost ground on leaders Burnley and are now two points behind in second, albeit with a game in hand.

"I thought we should have won the game. We pretty much, from a possession point of view, controlled the game," added Bond.

"We were in charge. We didn't create as many chances for a side that had as much of the ball.

"They always carried a threat, they looked like they might get on the end of something but I thought we did well and went in front and we went in front again. We were still the better side but that is football."

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