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Scowen enjoying advanced role

JOSH Scowen scored in QPR’s 3-1 defeat against Austria Vienna on Friday night, and afterwards admitted he enjoyed the more advanced role he was given by manager Mark Warburton.

Playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Scowen played as one of the advanced midfield trio, and he told www.qpr.co.uk: “It is more advanced than what I am used to but I enjoyed it and if the gaffer wants to play me there then I won’t argue with him!

“He wanted me there to rat around and try to win the ball high up. I think I did well there, and to get a goal is always nice.”

Scowen scored on the stroke of half-time to get the R’s back on level terms before the hosts netted twice after the break at the Generali Arena, and the 26-year-old admitted: “It was very tiring towards the end.

“I felt for 60 minutes we gave them a really good run but in the closing stages we showed fatigue.

“We played some good football at times. I thought there were occasions where we got caught in two minds over whether to play shorter balls or not but the more we play this style the better we are going to get.”

Along with Darnell Furlong, Ryan Manning, Olamide Shodipo and Ebere Eze, Scowen completed the game and now he is looking to push on from there in the coming weeks as he gets himself in shape for the season opener at Stoke on 3rd August.

“It was a good run out for all of us, and for me to get 90 minutes under my belt so soon in pre-season was great,” he said.

“Now I can build on that over the coming games so that I’m ready to go when the season starts.”

With Luke Freeman departing for Premier League new-boys Sheffield United and Warburton admitted Mass Luongo’s future may lie away from QPR, Scowen is now one of the most experienced players in the dressing room.

It’s a situation he is aware of and he is keen to use that knowledge to help his team-mates.

“I’ve got over 100 Championship games under my belt now so it’s certainly something that I want to help the younger lads with,” he said. “I want to help them as much as I can.”

As the R’s return to London to continue their pre-season preparations, Scowen says the week-long stay in Austria has been hugely beneficial for the group.

“It has been a long week but it’s been good,” he said.

“We have learnt a lot and over the course of the time we have been out here we have certainly got a lot sharper.

“It has also given everyone a chance to get to know each other and for the new lads to settle in, which is great.

“It’s something that we needed as a group to help us all gel together.”

For me to get 90 minutes under my belt so soon in pre-season was great.

Josh Scowen