PAUL Hall reiterated that results aren’t the be-all and end-all for QPR’s Under-23s – but was understandably pleased with Monday’s 5-0 win over Bolton Wanderers which maintained their 100 per cent start to the season.
A late blitz of goals provided a fourth straight league win for the young R’s, as five second-half strikes blew Bolton away at Harlington.
Aramide Oteh (2), Danny Rowe and Chay Tilt (2) were all on target – but Hall admitted afterwards that it’s the players’ development that was most pleasing.
“Everybody loves to win a game of football but, when you break it down, it’s about what each individual got out of the game,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. “Today they got a lot out of that, so it’s a pleasing day all round.
“We carved out quite a few chances in the first half and if we’d been just as clinical as we were in the second half, we’d have probably been able to relax a bit more.
“But they got to grips with it in the second half and we ran away with it in the end.”
The R’s second-half demolition job was assisted by substitutes Tilt and Rowe, who both made immediate impacts off the bench.
“We were really happy with them,” Hall admitted. “They’ll bring you energy and they’ve got quality on the ball.
“Danny grabbed himself a goal and Chay’s delivery is a good as anybody else’s at this football club. We’re really pleased with them both and the impact they made.”
Also on the scoresheet was Oteh, who joined Tilt in bagging a brace, much to the delight of his manager.
Hall added: “Aramide does that all the time, he’s such a goalscoring threat.
“He’s another one who can be stretched and can make a step up in my opinion. He got himself a couple of goals and could have had a couple more. The good thing is that he’s always hungry for more.”
At the other end, Hall was equally pleased with his defence as Clint Hill – back training at the club – helped Seny Dieng and co to a welcome clean sheet.
“Seny and the guys at the back really deserved that,” Hall said.
“It was good for Clint to come in and play alongside the boys. Anybody with that amount of experience and library of memories has got to help and he was there marshalling them, talking to them throughout the game.
“Credit to Seny for keeping his concentration for the whole game; you couldn’t fault him. I was happy with his contribution and the team’s overall.”
Victory made it five out of five so far this season including last week’s 3-0 friendly win at Brentford in what’s been an impressive start to the campaign.
Hall admits things are progressing nicely, but isn't losing sight of the bigger picture.
He continued: “We’re all here to make sure QPR is seen in the best possible light and we want to win games no matter what.
“But I’ve been charged with a job to try and get these boys into the First Team. Winning 5-0 doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to do that so we have to be wary of managing our expectations.
“Things are going well in terms of results and things are going okay in terms of the development of the players.
"It’s my job and our job, Chris Ramey, Simon Ireland, Andrew Impey, we’re here to make sure the First Team have got choices and options to look at the boys coming through. We did that last season and we want to keep doing that.
“Winning five [games] in a row is fantastic, yes, however we have to make sure those players are getting the most out of those games, the most out of every training session, because that’s the most important thing.”
Next up for Hall and co is a trip to Sheffield Wednesday next Monday.