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GALLEN'S PLAY-OFF JOY

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11:00 16th April 2013

by @OfficialQPR

U18s boss delighted to extend season with Swansea win ...

STEVE GALLEN admits confidence is sky high after QPR Under-18s booked their place in the Professional Development League play-offs with victory over Swansea City.

Rangers ran out emphatic 4-0 winners to seal their place in the top two, signing-off the regular league season in style at Harlington.

Gallen now turns his attentions to a four-way fight for overall supremacy after Saturday's four-star performance provided the perfect preparation.

“It was a great result and another good performance,” Gallen told www.qpr.co.uk. “We wanted to finish the season on a high and we've done just that.

“We go into the play-offs with a lot of confidence and that was important.”

Prolific marksman Peter Skapetis made the breakthrough against City before Aaron Mitchell doubled the R’s tally.

Substitute David Fitzpatrick’s late double sealed victory for the young R’s, who introduced 16-year-old debutant Reece Grego-Cox for the final 15 minutes.

“We had a lot of play in the first half and we just needed somebody to put the ball in the back of the net. 

“We got that through a powerful finish from Pete [Skapetis] and in the second half we dominated possession and kept attacking.

“It was also nice to bring on Reece too for his Under-18s league debut. He made a big difference, setting up the last two goals.”

The R’s boss once again paid tribute to his side’s backline, who racked up their eighth clean sheet of the 20-game campaign. 

No side has leaked fewer goals than Gallen's side in the entire Professional Development League and the R's boss hopes his side's defensive strength could prove a secret weapon in the final shake-up.

“The lads should be really proud of that record,” he added. 

“The defensive mentality of the whole team – not just the back four and the goalkeeper – has helped us get into this position and hopefully it can get us over the line.”

Rangers will now face the winners of the North section - still yet to be confirmed - in a one-off semi-final, with a toss of a coin deciding at which club’s stadium the game will be played.

With a place in the final at stake, Gallen is keeping his fingers crossed for a home tie at Loftus Road but admits it should be an occasion to savour whatever the draw.

“I do hope for a home game just because it would be great to see QPR fans come and support the boys,” he added.

“It will be fantastic wherever it is, though, and we are confident whoever we end up playing.”

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