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BIRCHAM: WE WILL LEARN

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09:00 13th February 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Under-21s boss upbeat despite Brighton defeat ...

MARC BIRCHAM is confident his Under-21s side will learn from their mistakes after Tuesday’s dramatic late defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

The young R’s led with nine minutes remaining thanks to substitute Mo Shariff’s 77th-minute opener but three quick-fire goals in the closing stages saw maximum points head back to the south coast.

Despite defeat, the Rangers boss was complimentary of his youngsters who he admits deserved better for their efforts.

“A couple of individual mistakes at the end cost us but I’m really happy with the performance,” Bircham told www.qpr.co.uk.

“Mistakes can cost you in games and it’s cost us badly today. 

“They’ve got to learn how to see out games. We haven’t tried to see out the game today but maybe that’s what I’ll teach them later on.”

Bircham’s side had enjoyed long periods of possession during the game and were unfortunate to finish on the losing side.

Widemen Angelo Balanta and Hogan Ephraim shone down the flanks as Rangers put in another impressive, albeit point-less, display.

“I’m really happy, not with the result but with the performance,” Bircham added.

“I thought Angelo and Hogan were excellent today. Their ability on the ball is brilliant and they help the young lads.

“Across the whole team we pressed really well and we created chances.” 

Defeat was the R’s second in succession after going down to Stevenage by the same scoreline in a friendly last month.

Bircham now aims to put things right for their next league outing away to west London rivals Brentford on Monday.

He said: “Overall it was another really good performance from us other than the result.

“If we’d have been more professional then we would have won today; maybe that’s something we can work on for next time.”

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