JACK Robinson made only his second appearance for QPR on Friday night, and now he is targeting a regular run in the side.
His outing against the Bees came almost seven months after his R’s debut. The full-back was a surprise starter for the derby defeat at Loftus Road, having just returned from a knee problem, which occurred while he was working his way back from shin splints.
“I was really pleased to be back, but obviously massively disappointed with the result,” Robinson told www.qpr.co.uk.
“The gaffer kept my inclusion under wraps. I was involved in the set-pieces in training on Friday but I didn’t actually know I was playing until an hour and a half before the game.
“As soon as I knew, I was ready to go and to get out there and play. It’s been a long wait, but now I just want to play game after game after game.
“We’ve got Nottingham Forest on Saturday and hopefully I can get 90 minutes there, and then there’s a two-week break with the internationals, and then I’ll be looking to go again.”
The 23 year-old came through an hour of action against Brentford and was pleased with his fitness levels, if not his own first-half performance.
“I have been doing a lot of fitness work so I felt comfortable in the game,” he said. “It’s just a case of building up the match fitness and sharpness, and that can only come with games.
“I wasn’t pleased with how I did in the first half. I gave the ball away too much and I didn’t have a great understanding with Conor (Washington) but that’s the first time I have played with him on the left, and that will come with time.
“But it just feels like everything is back to normal now. It’s just nice to not be in the gym, but to be getting ready for a game at the weekend.”
Robinson’s swift return to the side after resuming full training earlier this month has no doubt been aided by Jake Bidwell’s presence in the treatment room.
Bidwell suffered a dislocated shoulder at Burton Albion, which now provides Robinson with an opportunity to establish himself in the side.
“It’s for me to cement that place, and for him to work to take it off me when he is back,” Robinson said. “That’s how it is, and that’s all I can focus on looking forward.”
QPR will be hoping to bounce back with a strong performance and result at Nottingham Forest following the Brentford loss.
“We are down after that result and how we played,” Robinson admitted. “All we can do now is pick ourselves up and show the fans what we’re capable of when we play on Saturday.
“At the start of the season we were targeting the play-offs, so we need to get some form behind us if we’re going to achieve that.”