MARC BIRCHAM paid tribute to Ale Faurlin after the midfield ace inspired QPR Under-21’s to victory over Cardiff.
Faurlin was one of four permitted over-age players to feature as strikes from Frankie Sutherland and Tom Hitchcock fired Rangers to maximum points.
Monday afternoon’s run-out was a valuable exercise for Faurlin, who will be looking to impress new R’s boss Harry Redknapp having failed to feature in his opening two games in charge.
The Argentine had a hand in both goals for the young Hoops and Bircham thinks his side can profit from following Faurlin’s example, both on and off the pitch.
“Ale’s attitude is always excellent,” Bircham told www.qpr.co.uk. “He just loves football and wants to play.
“If he hasn’t played for a few weeks he’s always the first one coming up to me asking when our next game is, wanting to play.
“It’s an excellent learning tool for our lads to play with players like Ale to see the level they have got to be at it.
“He’s a Premier League player and his attitude to playing football is second to none.”
Bircham praised the influence of the R’s senior contingent at Harlington, which also saw run-outs from the start for Faurlin’s fellow first-teamers Fabio da Silva and Anton Ferdinand.
“It was an excellent performance by the older lads –‘the three F’s’ – that played for fitness,” Bircham said.
“I’m just disappointed we didn’t keep a clean sheet.
“We played well and defended well enough to probably win it by more.”
Victory was the R’s second in succession following their triumph on the road at Swansea a fortnight ago.
Bircham was delighted with another winning display and admits he cannot fault his players for their commitment to the cause over recent weeks.
He added: “Everybody put in a seven-out-of-10 performance and they’ve been like that for the last three or four weeks.
“They’re a fantastic set of lads attitude-wise.
“They all want to do well, all want to get on with their careers so it’s quite easy for me to coach and just to manage their expectations and manage their improvements.”