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PUBLISHED: 14:22 22 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 24 August 2010
By Ben Kosky QPR fans were given a glimpse of the future on Saturday – and few can fail to have been at least mildly encouraged. Teenage trio Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma, Samuel Di Carmine and Matteo Alberti all caught the eye as Rangers began their pre-season
By Ben Kosky
QPR fans were given a glimpse of the future on Saturday - and few can fail to have been at least mildly encouraged.
Teenage trio Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma, Samuel Di Carmine and Matteo Alberti all caught the eye as Rangers began their pre-season programme with a comfortable win over their Conference hosts.
Alberti netted his first goal for the club, while Ledesma, who sparkled in the Rs midfield and Di Carmine, who led the line efficiently in the first half, were both unlucky not to add their names to the scoresheet.
"They've got quality and we're delighted with them - we think they're very good for the future," declared QPR boss Iain Dowie.
"It's important we remember they're young lads, settling into a different environment and you need to cut them some slack sometimes. Because they're technically good you expect more from them.
"But they've coped well with the fitness and the tempo of the game and that's really the only difference. It's a little bit cat and mouse in Italy and a bit more blood and thunder here."
Di Carmine almost opened the scoring as he headed Gareth Ainsworth's cross against the post, but almost immediately he teed up Hogan Ephraim to slot neatly past Carl Muggleton in the 14th minute.
Muggleton then tipped Ainsworth's header over and Di Carmine's effort was blocked on the line, but it needed Lee Camp's one-on-one save from Iyesden Christie to preserve Rangers' advantage at the break.
And they doubled it less than 60 seconds after the restart as homegrown youngster Romone Rose - one of 10 half-time changes - brought down Angelo Balanta's cross and lashed it home at the near post.
The pair, along with Ledesma, injected a shot of creative energy into the attacking third, and the Argentinian's free-kick slammed into the crossbar after he had been bundled over on the edge of the box.
But it was the tidy Alberti who snatched Rangers' third goal just before the hour mark, seizing on Rose's deflected cross and beating Muggleton from an angle.
Stevenage had created a number of chances themselves and gained some reward four minutes later as Christie eluded the defence to head Mitchell Cole's cross past Camp.
But there was never any danger that they would deny Dowie a victory in his first game and the manager added: "You want to be a bit more clinical and keep a clean sheet, but those are things we'll polish up on.
"We had a fantastic following of fans, but they probably didn't know the lads had had one of their hardest weeks of pre-season - they've been doing three sessions a day for four days and two on the Friday.
"So I was expecting them to be a bit more leggy, but they recovered OK and there was lots to be pleased with. We certainly got the ball down and passed it - there were some good moves and a lot of chances on goal."
QPR (first half): Camp; Ramage, Stewart, Rehman, Barker; Ainsworth, Bolder, Rowlands, Ephraim; Agyemang, Di Carmine. (second half): Camp (Crowther 85); Connolly, Hall, Walton, Delaney; Alberti, Ledesma, Mahon, Rose; Blackstock, Balanta.
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