Westley impressed with QPR loanee Doughty

Michael Doughty on the ball

Michael Doughty on the ball - Credit: Archant

QPR loanee Michael Doughty impressed Boro boss Graham Westley on his Stevenage debut against Leyton Orient on Saturday.

Stevenage may have lost the clash with the league leaders 1-0, but Westley was happy with what he saw from the Welsh U21 international midfielder, who is with Boro until January.

He said: “QPR have been very good to us with Doughty.

“They want to get their player games, I thought he gave us a real touch of class in the middle of the park today Joel Byromesque, in honesty he has an extra yard to Jozza as well and we know what a good player Joel was for us in League One, so it’s nice to see that quality come in.”

Westley spotted Doughty when a QPR XI were beaten 2-0 at the Lamex Stadium in a pre-season game in July.

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“[QPR coach] Mark Bircham made me aware at the pre-season game to keep an eye on him because he was likely to be coming out [on loan].

“I though his qualities that day were just the ones we needed and I think he will be a very, very good player for us. I’m delighted to have him in.

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“It’s his quality on the ball that shines through, he’s always willing to take responsibility for the football, he’s creative, he’s got that little burst, he sees a forward pass, takes responsibility to take the game forward, you feel like you own the ball with him in there.”

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