ILIAS Chair is hoping his performance as a second-half substitute against Ipswich Town on Boxing Day was enough to please his manager.
The Moroccan youth international came off the bench with the R’s 2-0 up and quickly made an impact, teeing up Nahki Wells to slam home the third and final goal of the afternoon.
“I have been working hard for this moment,” he told www.qpr.co.uk following the game.
“The manager gave it to me and I did my best to take it with both hands. I am very happy but the most important thing is the win for the team and we must keep going now.”
Chair joined the R’s following a trial two years ago and has had to bide his time for his opportunity.
The 21-year-old has impressed at Under-23 level and is now hoping he can grab more chances with the first-team.
It was only Chair’s second league appearance of the season but he recognises the need for patience as he and fellow youngsters look to make the step up.
“It is a good squad, a very good squad so we have to be patient and wait for our chance,” he added.
“We all know this. The gaffer gave me my chance, I am very glad for this and I hope I pleased him.”
Chair’s clever pull-back for Wells in the 74th minute seemed to catch everybody out – apart from the R’s striker.
And Chair revealed it was his knowledge of the Burnley loannee’s movement which allowed him to get the better of the Ipswich defence.
“I know how Nahki plays from when we train together, he likes to make that move towards the front post,” he explained, “so I knew I just needed to put the ball in that area and he would be there.”
It was Wells’ sixth goal in 11 games, and Chair says the former Huddersfield frontman has helped him and the fellow younger players to develop on and off the pitch.
“Nahki is not only a good player but he is a very good role model as well,” said Chair. “He talks a lot with the youngsters, every day in training he is speaking with us and helping us.”
Next up for the R’s is this weekend’s home game against Reading. Like Ipswich, the Royals have had a difficult first-half to the season but despite his young age, Chair is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.
“We just need to keep going now and not get all excited after this,” he said. “We have another game on Saturday and we have to be ready for this.”