OZZY Kakay could be forgiven for having a little smile on his face despite our 3-0 defeat at Brighton on Tuesday afternoon.
The 19 year-old came off the bench to make his league debut for QPR - 12 years after he joined the club’s academy set-up.
“It was a great feeling and it has been something I have been waiting a long time for,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.
“I have been in and around the first team this season, and it was brilliant for that moment to come for me.”
Kakay spent the second half of last season on loan at Livingston and made 12 appearances for the Scottish Championship side.
This term the defender made his QPR debut in our EFL Cup tie against Rochdale, and followed that up with another start against Sunderland in the same competition.
At the Amex Stadium, Kakay joined the fray with Rangers down to ten men and trailing 3-0 against the league leaders.
“That was the first time I’ve come on as a substitute so the mind-set is a bit different but it was great to get on and be involved in the game,” Kakay said.
“The manager told me it was important for us to keep our shape because we were down to ten men, so he told me to do that and to relax and enjoy it.
“In some ways it is tough to come on with the game in that situation because it hasn’t gone the way we all wanted, but on a personal level I really enjoyed the experience and the moment of making my league debut for the club.
“Brighton had a lot of the ball and were dictating the game a bit. The pace was a lot different to the other games I have played n, you could really notice that, so it was a good experience for me.”
Having made his first appearances for QPR under previous manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Kakay was pleased to be given such a public vote of confidence from Ian Holloway.
“It is great for me, because it shows he has faith in me which gives my confidence a real boost,” Kakay said.
“The manager is great around the training ground and as a younger player, you really get the feeling he is looking after you.”
Despite his personal milestone, Kakay accepts QPR are in a tough period right now after the loss on the south-coast was Rangers’ sixth in succession.
“It’s a difficult time for us but I really believe the boys are capable of digging in and finding the results that we need,” Kakay added.
“We have been unlucky recently. Results haven’t been going our way but hopefully we can turn that around.”
While Rangers are targeting an upturn in form during the second half of the campaign, Kakay is eyeing up more match minutes as he looks to continue his progression at Loftus Road.
“For me, I just want to play as many games as I can between now and the end of the season and keep working hard,” he said.
I have been in and around the first team this season, and it was brilliant for that moment to come for me.