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BIRCH: U'S DEFEAT SOURS GOOD SEASON

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09:00 16th April 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Colchester loss one low in successful campaign ...

ELITE Development Coach Marc Bircham was disappointed to see his Under-21s side end the season on a losing note at Colchester United on Monday.

Rangers went down 4-0 at Florence Park in the final league match of their season.

Bircham branded the performance the worst of the season, but admitted overall he was satisfied with his team's progress - with the R’s youngsters finishing just outside the end of season play-offs.

“I’m really disappointed as we have been excellent all year,” Bircham told www.qpr.co.uk on Monday afternoon. 

“Today was really poor, Colchester were the better side, and they wanted it more. I said to the boys you have to win the battle first, it’s not all about passing. 

“We were missing a lot of players so we had a very young team out – our youngest of the season – and they were a bit off the pace. It looked like an end of season game to me.

“Other than this result we have done well in every game. We have got a lot of players out on loan and they are doing well, so all in all I am really happy with the season. 

“It is just disappointing to finish the season with our worst performance by a long way.”

Whilst the R’s regular season is now over, Bircham confirmed he would be arranging friendlies and reserve team fixtures between now and the end of the year.

With nine of his current Development Squad currently out on loan he hopes to use the fixtures to continue to blood in Rangers next crop of youngsters.

“Cole (Kpekawa) is a first year as is Aaron Mitchell,” he said. “Then Josh (Hunt-Laurent), Dylan (Carreiro) and Mike (Petrasso) are all youth team players. We will try and introduce them a bit more now.”

QPR were without the recently prolific striker Peter Skapetis for the defeat against the U’s but Bircham admitted he was rested as a precaution.

He confirmed: “Peter is injured with a little bit of a hamstring problem. I think he will be OK for the Under-18s play-off matches though.”

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