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  • By Yann Tear at the KP Stadium

Amos return one of the highlights for Rangers on night of great cup drama


QPR held their collective nerve in the penalty shoot-out to overcome Everton in an epic League Cup tie under the lights.

And boss Mark Warburton says the spot-kick tucked away by a returning Luke Amos during the duel from 12 yards was the icing on the cake.

The former Spurs midfielder has had to be patient and work hard to recover from a knee injury which kept him out for 11 months and he came off the bench to put away one of the eight spot-kicks converted by Rangers, whose players did not miss a single kick.

Two Charlie Austin goals gave the Premier League outfit plenty to think about and although they recovered to equalise twice, the R's were full value a share of the spoils in normal time.

“It was a fantastic evening," said the Rangers boss. "Luke Amos stepping up and scoring in his first appearance after such a horrific injury – that’s what the cup’s all about.

“Luke is a great professional and has worked so hard to get back from two bad injuries. I saw him every day in the gym working his way back to fitness. His attitude has been tremendous.

“Luke deserved to get a great reception from the fans who know how hard he’s worked to get himself back fit."

Warbuton added: "We were very good from the first whistle, were incisive and deserved the lead.

“In the second half we conceded early and rode our luck a bit, but then we got better as the half went on.

“The penalties from both sides were of such high quality. The players to a man deserve so much credit tonight."

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