Massimo Luongo believes the way his QPR team-mate earned a point-saving penalty against Leeds last night saved him from a finger wagging.

Seb Polter got himself, not for the first time this season, between man and ball in the box; got the shove he invited; and Tjaronn Chery dispatched the penalty like he was out for a stroll.

But Luongo says the German with ponytail might have been in for the boss’s hairdryer had he not been in the right place.

“Seb did very well winning the penalty for the goal,” Luongo told

“We work a lot in training on playing the ball into the channel and to be fair, if Seb isn’t there, he’d get a telling off from the gaffer.

“But he was there, and even though he still had a lot to do, he got ahead of his marker, he used his body – he was the big bus that we needed him to be to get in the box – and he won us the penalty.

“Everyone was confident when Chery stepped up – and he finished it emphatically.”

The Australian international has suffered his fair share of ups and downs since joining Rs in the summer, but believes the current mentality is far better than earlier in the season

“You saw a different side to us after they scored though and whilst we’re disappointed we didn’t show that side to us earlier, we showed good character to grind out a point,” he said.

“Tuesday night away games are never easy, especially at places like Elland Road.

“We shouldn’t need them to score to spark us into action, into life, but it was that kind of game.

“Thankfully we turned it on late in the game and even when we got the equaliser, we wanted to go on and look for a winner.”

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