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Ebere Eze on ignoring distractions

EBERE Eze insists he won’t allow the outside noise to distract him from continuing his fine form for QPR.

The 21-year-old’s displays this campaign have led to compliments aplenty for his talent and potential.

Last season he confesses he may have been guilty of paying too much attention to such outside distractions – a year older and a year wiser, he has taken steps to avoid repeating that this term.

After playing his part in QPR’s goalless draw at high-flying Nottingham Forest on Saturday, Eze explained to www.qpr.co.uk: “I try to focus just on my football.

“Last season I probably may have looked at stuff too much and it can get into your head and then you’re not as focused as you should be.

“So I have been working this season on staying focused on my football.

“That’s what has got me into this position this year and so I am going to continue to do that. I am not going to let outside things distract me.

“My family, those people that you speak to most, have been so important. They keep me grounded and keep me focused on the job that I have got to do.”

Reflecting on Rangers’ well-earned point at the City Ground, Eze admitted: “It was definitely a hard game to play in.

“The boys worked hard and we did everything we could to ensure we got at least a point, and we could possibly have nicked it. Overall it was a good performance.”

His appearance at the weekend was Eze's 100th in a QPR shirt, and he added: "It’s great experience playing the majority of the games, and getting so many under my belt.

"That’s what you want to be doing – playing and getting as much experience as possible so it’s been good."

It saw QPR keep their second consecutive shutout on the road, and while defending isn’t what the R’s No.10 is best known for, he said: “I get satisfaction from us keeping a clean sheet although probably not as much as the centre halves!

“But I do definitely get satisfaction from it because if we can keep that clean sheet it puts less pressure on the strikers to go and score goals.”

A win for Forest would have moved them to third in the Championship, and Eze added: “That result shows what we are capable of doing and we probably haven’t shown that enough over the course of the season.”

The R’s have underlined their capabilities with some excellent results this season, notably a 6-1 win over Cardiff City, while a 4-2 triumph in our last home game against Stoke City was another demonstration of the attacking flair within the side.

Consistency has been an issue, however, and Eze explained: “It’s difficult because there are a lot of new players and we have been getting used to each other so it was never going to go swimmingly well straight away but I think we have done excellent when you consider all that.”

QPR will host Derby County on Tuesday evening, looking to extend their mini unbeaten run to four games.

The Rams, meanwhile, have only lost once in their last six in all competitions.

“We have put ourselves into a good position and we have to continue to build on that, and build on the recent performances we’ve had,” Eze said.

“Let’s see where it takes us.”

Last season I probably may have looked at stuff too much and it can get into your head.

Ebere Eze