Hogan hopes for swift return
PUBLISHED: 11:34 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:14 24 August 2010
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By Ben Kosky QPR forward Hogan Ephraim says he has learned a painful lesson after completing his three-match ban for violent conduct. Ephraim is in line to return when Rangers travel to Ipswich on Saturday, following the first red card of his career at Sh
By Ben Kosky
QPR forward Hogan Ephraim says he has learned a painful lesson after completing his three-match ban for violent conduct.
Ephraim is in line to return when Rangers travel to Ipswich on Saturday, following the first red card of his career at Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month.
The 19-year-old was sent off by referee Neil Swarbrick for lashing out at Franck Songo'o in injury time as Wednesday wasted precious seconds to hang on for a 2-1 win.
"It was self-inflicted, and something I have to make sure doesn't happen again," Ephraim admitted to the Times. "Frustration got the better of me.
"Even after watching the video, I still say there was no elbow - I ended up catching him on the shoulder - but it's all in the past and you have to learn from things in football.
"It's not easy training all week and knowing there's nothing in it for you at the end of that week. Watching the boys winning games and not being part of it is something that hurts a lot."
But Ephraim's spirits were lifted by Rs boss Luigi de Canio, who ordered the youngster to train hard and ensure he was in peak condition when the suspension ended.
And the £800,000 signing from West Ham is ready to give it his all in the last seven games of the season - knowing that the competition for places is likely to be increased further during the coming months.
"It was good to hear that from the manager - even though it's meant a lot of running with the fitness coach!" said Ephraim.
"It doesn't matter if you're pushing towards the top of the league or in a relegation battle - you want to be out there on the pitch, creating goals or scoring them.
"I missed a good six weeks of the season after my loan spell ended, then I went back to West Ham and wasn't playing, so I don't feel like I've been playing a whole season.
"I want to give it a real push and make the best impression I can. We want to get as many wins as possible, whatever situation those wins take us into.
"The important thing is that we have momentum to take into next season. That'll keep the players' confidence high and whoever comes into the squad in the summer will pick up on that.