LUKE Freeman was full of praise for Ebere Eze after the youngster scored the only goal of the game to give QPR all three points against Sunderland on Saturday.
Eze, who joined the club two years ago, netted on his full league debut and Freeman told www.qpr.co.uk: “He did really well.
“He has been doing well in training and he showed on Saturday what he can do.
“It’s great to see him get the goal his performance deserved, and hopefully there are plenty more to come.”
Eze’s winner came on 62 minutes when the 19-year-old exchanged passes with Matt Smith before coolly rolling the ball beyond Jason Steele.
“It was a very nice finish,” Freeman added.
“He’s got that in his locker, sometimes he can almost look too calm but that’s how he plays – he’s a very good footballer.”
Eze’s goal sealed the victory for Rangers in a game which wasn’t for the purists against relegation-threatened Sunderland, but Freeman says it was important he and his team-mates showed they could handle that side of the game.
“We had to show another side to us,” he said. “It seemed that it was their intention to break the game down and stop us from getting into our flow.
“You have to maintain your composure and your discipline in matches like that but it can very tough.
“We do like to try to play football so it can be hard when a game is so stop-start like that was. But you just have to be professional and understand that the game isn’t always about shining out individually, it’s about working as a team collectively.”
Rangers were handed a numerical advantage early in the second half when Steele was sent off for handling outside his box, although Freeman concedes that made things more difficult for QPR due to the reaction of the visitors.
“If you ask the lads, they will all agree that it became more difficult,” he said. “I think that was because Sunderland then felt like they had nothing to lose because of their position in the table.
“From our point of view, it was important we maintained our professionalism and made sure we got the job done.”
With youngsters such as Eze, Darnell Furlong and Paul Smyth doing well for the first team in recent weeks, Freeman is excited about the potential of the group.
“We have got players in the side who can really play football and when we get to the final third, that’s when we are really looking to pick up the pace of our play,” he explained.
“We showed it in patches against Sunderland but hopefully that can get better and we can pick up more points in the coming weeks.”
Rangers travel to Aston Villa tomorrow for their rearranged game at Villa Park after the original fixture was postponed due to the adverse weather.
Steve Bruce’s men are only four points outside the automatic promotion places after collecting ten wins and a draw from their last 12 fixtures, but Freeman said: “We have been doing our homework on them and are looking forward to going there and giving them a good game.”