Former Rangers captain Lee Wallace made his first senior start for over two years on Saturday afternoon, and it seems he impressed the QPR fans.
The 32-year-old joined the London club during the summer after leaving Rangers at the expiration of his contract.
A recurring hip problem ensured that prior to the weekend, the closest he’d got to the action was a spot on the bench.
Former Gers boss Mark Warburton threw him into the XI for a big Championship clash away at Leeds United, though, and he came through unscathed.
Wallace played the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 defeat to the second-tier heavyweights and produced one moment of defensive excellence.
An incisive through ball from midfield sent Patrick Bamford clean through on goal. He successfully took the ball around a committed Liam Kelly and looked to have the goal at his mercy, before Wallace dived in from behind, hooking the ball away from the forward and into his own keeper’s clutches.
It was a superb piece of timing, which even Bamford appears to applaud in the video.
The tackle was one of few bright moments from a QPR perspective on the day and Wallace was heavily praised on social media for his intervention.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
— Neil Edmonds (@qpr_neiled) November 3, 2019
Wow top quality need alot more of that
— Spider (@Spider36647203) November 3, 2019
Great, but again, teams have sussed us out… Play a long ball on the counter and 75% chance of scoring.. Defence has to improve and tactics need changing. #qpr
— Paulos (@Paulos0987) November 3, 2019
Great tackle but the fact we even let teams pass straight through us like that is why we’ve conceded 28 this season already…only Barnsley is worse than us for conceding
— Elliot (@Ell_Nixon) November 3, 2019
Great tackle, shame that our defensive shape isn’t there and hasn’t been for a while, it shows in that video, they could get through that easily that he had to do such a good tackle…..
— michael bass (@1972madmike32) November 3, 2019
Fantastic tackle yesterday!
— WeAreTheRangersBoys (@WATRBS) November 3, 2019