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OLAMIDE SHODIPO ENJOYS LOFTUS ROAD EXPERIENCE

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10:00 22nd March 2016

by @QPRFC

QPR youngster keen to keep progressing after victory over Sheffield Wednesday …

  • Olamide Shodipo reflects on Monday night’s victory over Sheffield Wednesday
  • Paul Hall’s side came from 1-0 down to win 3-2 at Loftus Road
  • Republic of Ireland U19 international keen to keep progressing for both club and country 
  • U21S: QPR 3, Sheff Wed 2
OLAMIDE Shodipo enjoyed playing at Loftus Road for QPR's Under-21s on Monday night – and admits the experience only fuels his desire to be doing it one day for the senior side.

The R’s winger played the full 90 minutes as Paul Hall’s Elite Development Squad came from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday in their Professional Development League Two outing.

Second-half goals from Joe N’Guessan, Romeo Akinola and Leon Lobjoit sealed the win as Rangers overturned a half-time deficit for the second time in four days following Friday’s 2-1 success over Watford.

“It was a good win,” Shodipo told www.qpr.co.uk. “We showed good character to come from 1-0 down, especially managing to get three goals.

“We’ve now won two in a row which is pleasing after drawing (at Brentford) before that.”

Monday’s encounter was another chance for the Under-21s to play under the lights in W12 – something Shodipo says he always relishes.

“It’s a great experience,” he said. “This is where the First Team play and ultimately it’s where we all want to play.”

Meanwhile, Shodipo – who also has international experience under his belt after a call-up to the Republic of Ireland Under-19 side this campaign – is pleased with his progression at both club and country level.

Speaking about representing his nation, he said: “That’s helped me a lot. It’s given me experience of playing international football and it’s definitely improved my game.”

Shodipo has also taken inspiration from the clutch of young R’s out plying their trade in the Football League.

Darnell Furlong, Cole Kpekawa and Brandon Comley are amongst those to have enjoyed spells out on loan this season and Shodipo admits it gives everyone else a real boost.

“Seeing them going out on loan motivates us to keep working hard. We all want to be playing First Team football so it’s great to see the boys doing that, whether that’s here or out on loan.”

As for his own aims: “I want to keep pushing for the First Team, or get out on loan if possible.

“The main thing is just to keep progressing really.”

Images courtesy of Tom Smeeth Photography.

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