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17:00 8th February 2016


QPR midfielder Ale Faurlin was determined to feature in win over Ipswich Town …

  • Ale Faurlin reflects on QPR's 1-0 win over Ipswich Town
  • Midfielder played with tight thigh
  • Faurlin describes QPR's performance as "brilliant"
ALE Faurlin took great pleasure in QPR’s 1-0 win over Ipswich at the weekend – even if he did have to play through the pain in order to feature.

Faurlin came off after an hour, and the Argentinian revealed to “My thigh has been tight all week, so it was tough but for the team and for the gaffer I play, and I manage to get through 60 minutes.

“I don’t want to miss games, I want to play and get that rhythm. Sometimes it is difficult – training is hard, very demanding. Sometimes it is hard to manage both, but I was happy that I could perform on Saturday.”

Victory over the Tractor Boys came courtesy of Matt Phillips’ 88th minute header, and saw QPR extend their unbeaten run to five games.

“The performance was brilliant,” Faurlin said. “It was very good from start to end. We were in control of the game against a side who are very difficult to play against. The conditions weren’t good, there was a lot of wind, but we still managed to get the ball down, play good football and create a lot of chances.

“If the first half had finished 2-0 or 3-0 to us, nobody would have been surprised. In the second half we carried on and we got our rewards in the end.”

It was only Ipswich’s second defeat in eight league games, and Faurlin added: “We are getting better in every single aspect of our game – and that showed on Saturday.

IN CONTROL: Faurlin in action against Ipswich Town on Saturday

“In the last 20 minutes we looked strong and we went for it, to win. I thought fitness-wise, we looked really good.”

Faurlin is clearly enjoying what is his seventh season at Loftus Road. After coming back from three ACL injuries, the 29 year-old loves nothing more than being on the pitch, playing football.

“I am very pleased,” he said of his own involvement this term. “It has been a long three seasons with injuries, so to already have played 20 games this season is big, it’s important. I am very happy. I am taking it game-by-game, but I want to finish this season very strong.”

Faurlin also had words of praise for debut-boy Nasser El Khayati, who came off the bench to set-up Phillips for his winner, and goalkeeper Alex Smithies, who was on hand to prevent Ipswich grabbing a late leveller.

“Nasser is an exciting player, a very good footballer,” said Faurlin. “I noticed that straight away. He is very good on the ball, he always looks to do something, and you see that against Ipswich.

“Late in the game, we were all on the bench, we were shouting, ‘Clear it, kick it out,’ and he does a nut-meg! You are not going to change that player, it is the way they are! I am happy for him, it is a great start for him at QPR.

HEAD BOY: Matt Phillips scores QPR's late winner

“Alex has been amazing, really, really good. I want to give a special mention to him. In games like that you need your goalkeeper to stand out and do his thing, and he has been brilliant since he has come into the side. I am happy for him.

“The team is happy and it is a great feeling to have our rewards with that win. We have been working really hard, and some games have not been fair for us. Hopefully we can start to turn things around.”

Now Faurlin is in a race against time to be fit for the visit of Fulham this weekend. One thing’s for sure, he will be doing everything he can to be available for selection.

“I came off against Ipswich as a precaution,” he said. “My aim is to be fit for Saturday. The gaffer is not going to be happy because probably I will have to miss some training, but I will hopefully be ready.”

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