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Furlong: We must use this a learning curve

UNDER 18’s boss Paul Furlong knows that his QPR youngsters should use last night’s disappointment in the FA Youth Cup to help with their development.

Hamzad Kargbo’s late strike was cancelled out by Kyle Tomlin’s last-minute effort, before two quick goals in extra-time sealed the R’s fete, as they were dumped out of the youth competition in the third round.

However, former striker Furlong understands it difficult, but this will provide his young side with a huge learning curve which will help aid their development as professionals.

“It’s difficult they are young boys,” Furlong told www.qpr.co.uk. “These cup tournaments are about developing players to be able to play in different formations and different styles.

“I think Mansfield looked more threating on the day, but that’s the way football goes and that’s a big learning curve for some of the boys in there. For the second-year scholars that’s the FA Youth Cup experience over for them, but in terms of the first years it gave them a good sense of what it felt like in a changing room environment and when we are at it again next year we don’t want to feel that again. You could hear the opposition cheering and making lots of noises in the changing room and we are going to use that to come back stronger next year.

“The boys are a little bit dejected, frustrated and annoyed, I thought we had it won at one stage there and I think when we reflect back on it properly we will see that we probably didn’t do enough to win, but myself and my coaching staff can help them move on from this, we have played the game and dealt with experiences like that but it will make them stronger.

“However, it’s a cup competition and we play it in a slightly different style than usual, it’s more about winning, being a bit narrower, more tight and compact. When we play in a development basis it’s more open and expansive so it’s a slight bit different to what they are used to but it’s all about preparing them for the future.”

Reflecting on the game itself Furlong concedes that once the equaliser arrived in dramatic circumstances it was going to be difficult for his side.

“It’s amazing how goals change games, they can give you energy or sap it from you, it’s massive. I felt once they equalised I thought it was going to be an uphill task, the pendulum was swinging their way, they had lots of momentum and were a lot more aggressive I knew It was going to be tough. We must use it as a learning curve now and a platform to grow and we will be stronger and better for it."

We must use it as a learning curve now and a platform to grow.

Paul Furlong