I've wanted the inclusion of this QPR player all season, says Fernandes

Tony Fernandes was pleased to see Michael Doughty play a part in Queens Park Rangers' win over Sunderland.

Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes has suggested that he has been waiting to see Michael Doughty in the first team for a long time.

Doughty made his debut for the R's against Sunderland last night and Chris Ramsey's decision seems to have gone down well with Fernandes. 

QPR's academy system has grown stagnant in recent years, with barely any talent coming through, but they have expressed a desire to change this and Doughty's inclusion was an indication that there is meaning behind these words. 

The academy graduate's first taste of Premier League football could hardly have been better, either, as he played his part in the London club's first away win of the season.

The R's away form has been terrible throughout the campaign so far, but they were excellent against Sunderland, claiming a 2-0 victory which pushes them away from the drop zone.

Doughty's showing was a positive one, as he entered the field in the 85th minute to replace Mauricio Isla and got very involved in the contest.

  TouchesTotal TackleTotal PassPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Michael Doughty 15 2 8 100% 1 5

The 22-year-old managed to get on the ball 15 times and he completed every one of the eight passes he attempted.

Even more impressively, he was not daunted by the prospect of playing his first league game and immediately threw himself into the action - managing two tackles.

It was a display which will serve as a huge boost of encouragement to the team and Doughty will be hoping that he has done enough to stay in first team contention for the rest of the campaign. 

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