Flying Start For German

By: Elaine Brand |
22/02/10 |
Antonio German

Antonio German

Young striker Antonio German was the toast of W12 as he struck his first senior goal for Queens Park Rangers on Saturday to set them on their way to a 2-1 home victory over Doncaster Rovers.

Rangers, desperate for a win after a sequence of five successive defeats, came up trumps only a day after the announcement of Flavio Briatore’s departure from Loftus Road but it was the youngster German who really caught the eye.

The 2nd year Apprentice produced a display that belied his youthful age and fully vindicated Boss Mick Harford’s decision to hand him his full debut.

German troubled the Doncaster backline from the off and it was no surprise when he claimed his first professional goal on 24 minutes, firing home a rebound after Neil Sullivan had saved Jay Simpson’s initial effort on goal.

Rovers threatened to spoil German’s good work when James Hayter converted a Billy Sharp cross on 51 minutes but a late Simpson goal saw Rangers home.

Post match QPR boss Mick Harford and his Rovers counterpart Sean O’Driscoll were both fulsome in their praise of QPR’s newest star, with Harford, saying:

“I thought German was the best player on the pitch. He’s technically very good and if he continues to improve he’s got a good future.”

O’Driscoll added:

“Our two centre-halves played like it was only their second game together – which it was. But you have to give some credit to QPR, and the young boy [German] was excellent.”