MARK Warburton was pleased with his players’ workout in their 3-0 win over AFC Wimbledon in their first pre-season friendly fixture on Saturday ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Goals from Ilias Chair, new signing Lyndon Dykes and a Paul Osew own goal were the difference at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, and Warburton said: “I wanted to get valuable minutes into the players.
“I was delighted we got 45 minutes into some, and 60 into others, and a lot of the younger players got 30 minutes as well.”
Seny Dieng played the full game in goal, while Joe Lumley and Liam Kelly were not named in Warburton’s 21-man squad, and the R’s boss explained: “Joe and Liam both wanted to play, are desperate to be number one and they’re hungry for the shirt, which is the way it should be.
“But I needed to see Seny. We needed to see how Seny got on today so it was a very simple decision to give him the 90 minutes.
“I wanted to see his distribution, how he commands his box and how he communicates with the players. You need that level of competition.”
New arrivals Dykes and Thomas got 60 minutes’ and 45 minutes’ action respectively, and the pair combined for Dykes’ to net his first goal for the club.
Asked about his new No.9, Warburton said: “I was delighted with him today.
“He was physical, linked up play well, ran the channels, was selfish when he had to be, and was unselfish equally when he needed to be.
“I was delighted with Lyndon and George Thomas. It was their first time at the stadium, first time wearing the shirt, and I think they enjoyed the experience.
“Now I am looking forward to seeing how they develop.”
There was also no place in the matchday squad for Ebere Eze, who was present at the ground.
“There is a lot going on with Ebere,” Warburton said.
“He has been lauded by many football people and did exceptionally well for us last season.
“But, being brutally honest, he’s an asset. Ebs knows that’s how football works. And that asset has a value. If that value is met then that asset moves on.
“But he is a QPR player, he is a very talented boy and a pleasure to have around the group.
“Today the right thing to do for Ebs, with lots going on, was to look after him. He is back in training on Monday morning.”