Rio Ferdinand congratulates Michael Doughty on Premier League debut via Twitter

The 22-year-old made his Premier League debut for QPR yesterday.

Yesterday saw QPR pick up a fantastic result against relegation rivals Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Manager-less QPR, currently being coached by Chris Ramsey on a caretaker basis, were fantastic, with goals from Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora doing the damage on a great night in their fight for Premier League survival.

It was also a big evening for youngster Michael Doughty. The 22-year-old has spent time on loan at Crawley Town, Aldershot, Stevenage, St Johnstone and Aldershot in his career but was yet to feature for QPR in the Premier League heading into midweek.

He came on in the 85th minute for Chilean international Mauricio Isla and the Welsh under-21 international has received plenty of support after making it onto the field.

One such area of support came from his team-mate Rio Ferdinand. Ferdinand joined QPR in the summer from Manchester United on a free transfer and it is fair to say he has struggled to meet expectations at Loftus Road. Although yesterday he started and put in perhaps his best performance in a QPR shirt.

Today the former England international has Tweeted to Doughty, congratulating him on making his Premier League debut for QPR.

Here's hoping that Doughty continues to get first-team football and improves in the QPR first-team.

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