16:14 18th August 2014
Allan McGregor put his crucial penalty save against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday down to a good guess rather than any detailed study of Charlie Austin’s penalty-taking habits.
The Scottish goalkeeper dived low to his right to keep out Austin’s spot kick six minutes from time at Loftus Road to preserve the Tigers’ precious lead as they hung on to win 1-0 on the opening day of the season.
“It was just a guess really,” said McGregor.
“You can either stand up, go left or go right. Even if you’ve studied the person taking it, they can change their mind anyway.
“I’d rather not have to do it every week though!”
McGregor was nonetheless delighted to help his side to three points and felt the Tigers deserved it for their defensive efforts.
“I thought we defended our hearts out,” added McGregor.
“That was from the two boys up front all the way back through. We rode our luck at times, but also showed some great defending.
“It was a great team performance and it was great to start with a win. We dug in and there was a lot of pressure on us in the last 25 minutes, but our away fans were different class and spurred us on.”