Hard work pays off for R's youngster Oteh

ARAMIDE Oteh expressed his delight at scoring on his full QPR debut in the R’s 3-1 victory at Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon.

The 18-year-old scored the opener at the Pirelli Stadium and was overwhelmed with emotion once the ball hit the back of the net, commenting it was a ‘dream come true.’

Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk, the R’s youngster said: “It’s a dream come true really for me – and my family – to score my first professional goal.

“To win the game too – a game we knew we had to win – was just amazing.

“It was nice to score but the goal wouldn’t have meant anything to me unless we’d got something from the game, so to score and win was just perfect!

“This victory has given everyone in the changing room a huge confidence boost.

“We’re two league wins from two in 2018 and we need to keep this going now.”

Oteh was handed his first start by Ian Holloway and partnered fellow goalscorer Conor Washington in a pacy Rangers attack.

The youngster had an opportunity inside the first minute, which he fired over the bar, but was always confident another chance would come his way.

“I didn’t dwell on that early opportunity,” said Oteh, “I knew if I kept working hard I’d get another chance and that I’d have to put it away.

“When I saw Darnell (Furlong) head it back across goal I thought to myself ‘just get something on it,’ so I was delighted when it went over the line.”

Oteh, who has been in excellent form for the Under-23’s this season, enjoyed playing alongside Washington in attack – with the front duo causing the Brewers back five problems all afternoon.

“The team were playing to mine and Conor’s strength, which is runs in behind and working off each other – today it paid off.

“The lads were superb – we didn’t let our heads drop after they equalised and finished the game really well.”

As well as scoring, Rem – as he’s known in the QPR dressing room – also provided Washington with a good chance after winning the ball back in midfield. He says that’s an element of the QPR attackers’ game that Ian Holloway has them all working on in training.

“I can drop deep and play with the midfield,” he said.

“Sometimes you have to do that to help win the ball back by pressing and then chances can come and it’s something we work on a lot in training.

“The gaffer keeps drumming that into us, so it’s nice to see some of that hard work coming off.”

Oteh has enjoyed an ‘unforgettable few weeks’ since making his first team bow, but he insists the hard work is still very much ahead of him.

“I’ve worked really hard to get an opportunity, so when it pays off it feels all the better,” he said.

“Seeing other youngsters getting their chance is definitely inspiring when you are in the Under-23’s – and you know that if you are doing well, a first team opportunity could come your way.”