QPR picked up their first victory of pre-season as they ran out 4-2 winners at the ABAX Stadium as they took on League One side Peterborough United.
Following 120 minutes of action, and seeing a total of 45 players take part, here are five pleasing points to come from the game.
QPR showcased significant progress In their attacking play. With Matt Smith playing the lone striker, it appeared predictable what the game-plan would be, but it was evident how much work had gone in to improving the attacking flow of the team.
With Yeni Ngbakoto, Jamie Mackie and Conor Washington orbiting the front-man, it ensured that he wasn’t isolated when going forward, and allowed midfielders Josh Scowen and Ryan Manning to join the attack also which provided real threat to the opposition.
If this can be maintained and improved further it could go some way to rectifying last season’s negative goal difference.
The players looked in fine physical shape throughout the game. As well as maintaining a high intensity for large spells of the match, the likes of Joel Lynch, Jamie Mackie and Jack Robinson all proved they have turned a corner as they look to put their injury woes behind them.
It is going to be a long hard season, but if Ollie can keep those three fit then that’ll be a big plus.
It was the Hoops’ fans first chance to see their new signing in action for QPR, and he certainly impressed.
The former Barnsley man looked strong in the tackle, and showed a real ability to get on the ball and dictate play which was pleasing to see. He was also happy to burst forward to add extra threat in the attacking third, which gave the Posh something extra to think about.
If he can take that display and build on it then QPR look to have a good player on their hands.
The future is bright
Despite conceding two early goals in the third quarter, the QPR second-string team showed real maturity to come back and win the game.
The 11 who played the final 60 minutes boasted a youthful line-up, which included American defender Giles Philips, who didn’t look at all out of place against tough opposition.
The maturity they showed to work their way back into the match when they could have crumbled was testament to their character and proves that they may well have what it takes to compete next season.
It’s common knowledge that QPR will be looking to add three or four new faces to their squad this summer, but the display of all 23 Hoops players involved will have given Ollie food for thought.
They may not be deemed ready to be involved this season, but that group of players can hold their heads high, and if they play with the same energy as they did today, then they may just get a chance to show Ollie what they can do.