ILIAS Chair had mixed emotions after making his full QPR debut in Saturday’s agonising defeat to Preston North End.
The 20-year-old impressed from the start at Deepdale as Rangers battled valiantly in the wake of Jamie Mackie’s first-half sending off.
Chair admitted it was a proud day, but equally couldn’t hide his disappointment following Jordan Hugill’s late winner which sent the R’s home empty-handed.
“It’s an honour to be at QPR, and to make my league debut,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. “But the most important thing is the result and, unfortunately, it wasn’t there for us.
“It was a good day but a bad day; I’ve got mixed feelings.”
Chair – whose two previous first team appearances came in the League Cup earlier this season – replaced the suspended Luke Freeman, and was grateful to the QPR boss for the opportunity.
He added: “Ian Holloway gave me a chance and I think I took it.
“Hopefully I made him proud; I’m proud that he gave me a chance.”
The R’s cause wasn’t helped by Mackie’s controversial dismissal just 22 minutes into the afternoon.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Rangers coped well under pressure and looked like coming away with a share of the spoils.
Chair, indeed, felt they deserved more for their efforts.
“I think we did really well as a team,” he continued. “Everyone worked really hard and we showed that we were a team.
“Once you go down to 10 men you have to change tactics, be more defensive. It affected my game but defending is just as an important part of the game. I’m happy with what I did.”
Chair wasn’t shy in front of goal and almost popped up with the opening goal, not least when his late free-kick evaded everyone and curled just beyond the far post.
“I really thought the free-kick was in,” he admitted. “Matt [Smith] nearly got his head on it and it probably would have been a goal, but it wasn’t to be.”
Despite defeat, the Moroccan youngster was keen to take the positives and is determined Rangers bounce back when we welcome Leeds United to W12 next weekend.
He added: “It’s very frustrating but we have to look at the next game now, adjust a few things and make sure we keep the three points at home.”