BRIGHT Osayi-Samuel’s full home league debut was certainly one to be encouraged by – but the young attacker insists there is much more to come from him!
The former Blackpool wide-man was picked in a more central attacking role for the clash against Bristol City on Saturday afternoon and performed well in a front-two alongside Idrissa Sylla.
Despite taking the lead courtesy of an Aden Flint own goal in the first half, the R’s were forced to settle for a share of the spoils at full-time, with a controversial 81st minute penalty – converted by Bobby Reid – handing the visitors a point.
“It was nice to start the game – my full league debut at Loftus Road,” Osayi-Samuel told www.qpr.co.uk.
“I thought we played well in the first half and deserved our lead, but they came strong in the second half as you’d expect from a good side like they are, and in the end we had to settle for a draw.
“We’re disappointed because we felt it was a very soft penalty award.
“We were unlucky not to get all three points, but I think the supporters would’ve been encouraged by our performance.
“We’ll take the point and move on to the next one.”
Osayi-Samuel has had to be patient for his chance to shine since moving to the Hoops from Blackpool this summer – making just two starts and four substitutes’ appearances so far this season – but he was always aware that was likely to be the case.
“I’ve had to wait for my chance, but I knew it would be that way with the step up in division and the squad we’ve got here,” he said.
“I just want to show the manager that I’m capable of playing at this level.
“I train every day to make an impression and I’m really enjoying my time here at QPR.”
He added: “I prefer to play out wide but I’ll play wherever the manager wants me to play.
“I enjoy the 10 role and playing up front too.
“I felt myself and Idrissa linked up well at times and caused them problems – the only disappointment is that we didn’t get all three points.”
Next up for the R’s is a trip to Ipswich Town on Boxing Day, prior to a trip across London to play Millwall on Friday night.
“We’ve got a busy schedule coming up,” acknowledged Osayi-Samuel.
“We’ll recover over the next day or so and make sure we’re ready for Boxing Day.
“Winning our last away game was a big boost – now we’ve got back-to-back away games coming up.
“We want to build on the last two performances and go on a run now and climb the league table.”
Extended Highlights: QPR 1, Bristol City 1
WATCH highlights from QPR's 1-1 draw against Bristol City at Loftus Road.