QPR boss Mark Warburton says new signing Sam Field’s dream debut was a demonstration of his desire to put a difficult 18 months behind him and make a fresh start in west London.
The 22-year-old scored the equaliser in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Brentford just 12 minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute in his first appearance since moving on loan from West Brom three weeks ago.
Rangers have an option to make the move a permanent at the end of the season and Warburton said Field, who has not played for his parent club since October after missing most of last season on loan to Charlton with a knee injury, is desperate to make up for lost time.
“Sam did really well when he came on,” Warburton said.
“Dom Ball was on a yellow card and had made a few tackles so we had to be careful because had he got a red it would have really hurt us and made it tough for us to win.
“Sam is a young player with Premier League experience who has been frustrated by injury and I thought he did a really good job.
“He came on and sat in front of the defence working with Stefan (Johansen) and got the goal and I am delighted for him.”
Warburton also hailed the impact Field’s fellow West Brom loanee Charlie Austin has had on the squad after the striker scored his third goal in six appearances to help Rangers to a fifth win in half-a-dozen games.
“I have said all season that I must sound like a broken record, but we were playing well but not getting the rewards because we were not putting the ball in the back of the net,” he said.
“Charlie has come in and from his first game at Luton when he scored at the far post he showed how much he enjoys scoring goals.
“He loves the club, it means a lot to him and he is desperate to prove a lot of people wrong.
“He is only 31 and there is a lot of good football left in him.
“He talks on and off the pitch and people listen to him – and the players are responding.”