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Phillips’ ‘perfect day at the office’

GILES Phillips reflected on a ‘perfect day at the office’ after his goal helped QPR Under-23s cruise to a 3-0 win at Charlton Athletic on Monday.

The defender – who wore the captain’s armband in south London – set Rangers on their way at Sparrows Lane with the opener five minutes before the break.

Lewis Walker’s double thereafter made sure of victory, whilst Phillips and co stood firm at the other end too to keep a welcome clean sheet.

“It doesn’t get any better!” Phillips told www.qpr.co.uk at the final whistle. “It was good to get the win, the clean sheet and the goal is a bonus. It was the perfect day at the office.

“It was tough conditions but we stuck to our task and got a well-deserved win. Our job is to make life as easy for Marcin [Brzozowski] in goal as possible, and fortunately he didn’t have too much to do.”

Victory was even sweeter for Phillips, who’s only recently returned to the fold from the sidelines.

An ankle ligament injury halted the American’s start to the season, but he’s delighted to be back amongst it now.

“Being out, watching everyone else play is tough,” he admitted. “There’s no better feeling than playing so I’m glad to be back.

“The boys have been doing well this season and it’s great to be back out there with them again.”

Phillips admits confidence is high in the Under-23s right now – who extend their unbeaten run to six games – not just because of results, but the ‘pathway’ which is available to the First Team nowadays.

“There’s a clear pathway now which gives everyone in the Academy a lot of confidence,” he said.

“It’s up to us to show we’re good enough which we try to show in every training session and every game.”

Paul Hall's youngsters are back in action against Colchester United at Loftus Road on Friday, kick-off 2pm GMT.