PAUL Hall says QPR are working on creating ‘a conveyor belt of home-grown talent’ for the first team.
The Under-23s boss was speaking following his side’s comfortable 4-1 win over Hull City at Harlington on Monday.
A hat-trick from Ebere Eze and a Sean Goss strike helped the R’s get their Professional Development League Two South campaign off to the perfect start, not that Hall was too focused on the scoreline.
“This is about development,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.
“We could win a game 1-0 but not hit any of our individual objectives. If we do that, we go home disappointed.
“On the flipside, we could lose a game 1-0 but play really well. At this stage of a player’s development, the result isn’t in the scoreline. The result is in the performance.
“We always say it’s important at academy-level and player-development level not to judge a performance on a result.
“Obviously it’s very pleasing to win a game like that. The boys passed the ball well and in the end we got a nice result against a good team.
“We scored four and it could have been more, which was disappointing actually because what we are looking to do is show no mercy in front of goal.
“We had a lot of chances in the first half, and I would have liked to have seen more players in the box when we had crosses going in.”
“We will go through the game as a team, and individually.”
Attacking midfielder Eze joined the R’s EDS group 12 months ago, and Hall is a big admirer of the 19 year-old.
“He has got untold ability,” Hall said. “When I did my homework on him I was told he had unquestionable ability, and he is a very, very good footballer, especially on the ball.
“We probably need him to do a little bit more off the ball, but when he is in possession he just drifts past people and is a joy to watch.
“It’s not every day you see players with ability like that. He was our top scorer last year, he got a hat-trick on Monday and it could have been more.”
Hall also reserved praise for Goss, explaining: “We wanted him to get 90 minutes under his belt. He’s done that, spread the ball around, and scored a goal as well.
“He obviously trains with the first team so he knows what is expected which is great for the younger lads because he can talk to them and direct them on the pitch.
“I was really happy with Sean, and the attitude and application that the first-team players brought into the side.”
Recent signing Alex Baptiste also completed the game, and Hall added: “He leads by example and when the ball is there to be won, he can compete with anybody.
“He marshalled the backline really well and was getting on the ball for us. If you’ve got a battler like that in your backline, it can only be good so he looks like a great addition to the first-team.”
Ian Holloway involved a host of youngsters in the first-team’s pre-season campaign, while 19 year-old Ilias Chair – who joined the R’s in January from Belgian side Lierse SK – made his debut for the club in our Carabao Cup win over Northampton Town.
Hall admits he is excited by the growing pool of talent which is steadily developing, adding: “These guys are good footballers, and when they understand what the manager wants from them, they could be really good additions for him.
“Their development is coming along well, and it is my job to really push them on and challenge to take people’s places in the first team.
“We want to get that home-grown conveyor belt going.
“Chris Ramsey (QPR’s technical director) has got a philosophy in place which helps the individuals to develop, and as you can see these players are starting to come through.
“Hopefully they will be knocking on the door soon and giving the manager some headaches.”