QPR continued their preparation for the return of the Sky Bet Championship season on June 20th by contesting a training match with West Ham United on Wednesday afternoon.
Hosted at the London Stadium, manager Mark Warburton was able to get important minutes into the legs of 23 of his players, and he was pleased with the way they applied themselves against Premier League opposition.
“Everything is geared towards the 20th,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. “This was the first proper game for us and I was really pleased; pleased with the fitness levels, the application and the quality that we showed at times. It was a really good workout.
“The boys showed a real desire and moved the ball well against a very good opposition. We showed quality all over the park and, as a squad, the whole afternoon was a good exercise for us. A lot of credit has to go to the players for the way they applied themselves.”
In those latter periods of the game, Warburton handed opportunities to a number of the club’s younger players, many of whom have impressed in the club’s U23s set-up this season.
The manager said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for them. It is never a token gesture – you never just bring on a young player to tick a box. They have worked hard to be here, young Faysal [Bettache], Joe [Gubbins] and all of the others.
“They got some good pitch time and they did themselves proud. They all got onto the ball, they didn’t worry about mistakes and showed their quality. They know that this is a tight squad and we have nine games in a tight period. There is a real chance for them here and if they need to be ready to take it.”