Paul Hall: We showed we can break teams down

PAUL Hall admitted there were good and bad points to QPR Under-23’s performance against Crewe Alexandra on Monday afternoon.

Hall’s side drew 3-3 with the Railwaymen, with Dan Darbyshire (two) and Brandon Adams on target for the R’s.

“It may have been entertaining to watch but it wasn’t entertaining to manage!” Hall told www.qpr.co.uk.

“There were some good things, and it was good to see some young players come into the midfield, really stroke the ball around and show such enthusiasm.

“But I thought the tempo was a little bit too slow and there are certainly some things we need to work on.

“We created plenty of opportunities but sometimes we need to take a bit more care in the final third. When you have so many chances like we did, you’ve got to make teams pay, you’ve got to finish things off.

“The end-product was a little bit lacking, but we scored three goals and created chances which is good because it shows we can break teams down.”

With the QPR first-team playing Rochdale in the EFL Cup just 24 hours after the Under-23s fixture, it meant Hall had to name a very young side for the Crewe match.

That provided a number of youngsters with an opportunity to impress, and Hall was pleased with the way they handled the situation.

“This is football – you never know when that call is going to come, so you have to make sure you are ready, and I felt our young lads were,” he said.

“Romeo Akinola in particular did extremely well. He is a player I really like. He showed great enthusiasm and made great choices on the ball. He showed that he is hungry and he also showed that his education in the game has gone very well.”

After following up their opening-day 2-0 win against Barnsley with the draw against Crewe, Hall says he is pleased with the way his youngsters have begun the new campaign.

“Overall I am happy with the start to the season,” he said. “It’s not all about results but the players have reacted well to the programmes we’ve set them, and that’s what it’s all about – programmes, and their development.

“We have to make sure these players develop when they play and when they train.”

Overall I am happy with the start to the season.

Paul Hall
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