QPR defender has been praised by manager Ian Holloway after putting in what the manager described as a man of the match display.
The former Liverpool defender has had a torrid time with injuries in recent times, and Holloway has hailed the way that he has got his head down to force his way back into his plans.
"How good was he? He couldn’t train twice in two days when I first came here, and now look at him. I thought he was our man of the match, he was absolutely everywhere.
"He didn’t deserve to be on a losing side.
"He's had a really good pre-season, knuckled down to make sure he can do that.
"I can't tell you how proud I am of him. He had an awful time when he was brought here, then loaned out, so he's had a really tough time.
"But he, Jamie Mackie and now Lynchy (Joel Lynch) are all training every day when they couldn't last year, and they're all getting fitter and stronger, so I'm absolutely delighted and that's down to the boy.
"Robbo was told openly that I might have to loan him out, because I didn't want his pre-season to stop because he was behind Bidwell. Not only has he impressed, but he's taken advantage of the centre back crisis and goodness gracious me, he's first on the team-sheet now, without a shadow of a doubt.
"So it just goes to show what you can achieve with determination, because I thought he was absolutely outstanding."