STEVE GALLEN paid tribute to the discipline of his Under-18s side after cementing top spot with a comfortable 4-1 win over Barnet on Saturday.
Peter Skapetis’ brace and goals from Connor Hubble and Dylan Carreiro sealed an eighth successive win for Gallen’s troops.
The R's boss was especially delighted by the manner of the victory, telling www.qpr.co.uk: “To win the game was pleasing but also we controlled the game and I was pleased with that.
“We’ve been doing a lot of work on passing and switching the play and we did that well.
“Yes, we’re winning games but we want to control games better with tempo and our passing. We’ve done that in our last two games which is encouraging.”
Barnet broke the deadlock after just four minutes but the visitors' lead was short-lived as three goals in 17 second-half minutes turned the game around in the home side’s favour.
After finding themselves behind early on, Gallen was encouraged by the response from his players.
“They caught us on the surprise,” he admitted. “But I didn’t want the lads to get impatient and start rushing things.
“I told them at half-time that if they remained patient then eventually they would find a way through.
“At 1-0 down nobody really panicked. Credit to them, they kept their discipline and kept passing.
“I thought if we got one, we would get two or three. That’s exactly what we did in the end.
“We eventually found our way back in the game and I think we deserved to win 4-1, which is a very pleasing result for us.”
Aside from maximum points, Gallen also took heart from the performance off the ball as his youngsters continued their impressive league form.
“Results are definitely important at this level,” he added. “We have to teach the boys that winning is important.
“But you also have to teach them that their discipline is important. We didn’t have any bookings again today so I’m pleased about that.”