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Young Ilias happy to make QPR debut

QPR’S progress in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening was all the more rewarding given the youthfulness of the R’s team that ended the first round tie against Northampton Town.

A debut for 19-year-old Ilias Chair was an obvious plus-point for Ian Holloway’s side, who progressed into round two thanks to Yeni Ngbakoto’s first-half strike.

The QPR Under-23 midfielder entered the fray as a 63rd minute substitute against the Cobblers and impressed on his maiden appearance for the Hoops, effortlessly slotting into the heart of the R’s midfield.

Speaking to after the match, the youngster expressed his pride at making his Rangers debut.

“I’ve waited a long time for this so I’m really grateful to Ian Holloway for giving me the opportunity,” he said.

“I had an idea last week that I might feature, but when I was told I was in the squad, it meant a lot to me personally.

“I’ve worked my whole life for this moment.

“I wasn’t nervous. I was excited.

“It felt like it was the right time for me.

“I’ve worked hard and the opportunity was there for me.

“I’m hoping this is the first of many appearances for me at QPR, but I know there’s a lot of hard work ahead.”

QPR will find out their second round opponents in Thursday night’s draw, live on Sky Sports News HQ.

I’ve worked hard and the opportunity was there for me.

Ilias Chair