QPR v Carlisle: Smithies makes debut and youngsters get chance to impress

Goalkeeper Alex Smithies makes his QPR debut in their League Cup second-round game against Carlisle United at Loftus Road.

Youngsters Darnell Furlong, Cole Kpekawa, Michael Doughty and Reece Grego-Cox are also in the Rangers starting line-up, as is summer signing Oscar Gobern.

Junior Hoilett, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Clint Hill start too as head coach Chris Ramsey makes full use of his squad.

Ramsey told West London Sport ahead of the game that he was keen to rest defenders Nedum Onuoha and James Perch.

Neither have been included, although Perch is among the substitutes. Grant Hall is the only player in the 11 who also started Saturday’s league game against Rotherham.

QPR: Smithies; Furlong, Hall, Hill, Kpekawa; Doughty, Gobern; Grego-Cox, Emmanuel-Thomas, Hoilett, Polter.
Subs: Lumley, Perch, Luongo, Phillips, Comley, Chery, Blackwood.