QPR carried out their game-plan to perfection as they secured a 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town at Loftus Road.
The Hoops dominated for large spells, looking very impressive in the process.
But what did we learn from the victory? We take a look at the five key talking points to arise from the game.
Strength in depth
The fact that Ian Holloway was able to drop players such as Matt Smith and Darnell Furlong shows that he now has a number of different options for his team.
Despite being 2-0 up, QPR made a number of changes which looked tactical, as the likes of Smith and Kazenga Lua Lua came on and carried out a job to perfection.
The additions of David Wheeler, Bright Osayi-Samuel and Paul Smyth will provide further competition for places, and this can only be a positive as Ian Holloway looks add real competition for places throughout the squad.
The only thing Conor Washington was missing was a goal.
The Northern Ireland international worked his socks off, chasing loose balls, holding up play and generally making a nuisance of himself, making him one of the first names on the teamsheet.
He’ll be frustrated at not getting on the scoresheet, but the rapturous ovation he got when he was substituted should tell him how much the fans appreciated his contribution to the team.
It’s only September and i’m running out of superlatives for the midfield man.
Scowen has been, in my humble opinion, one of the signings of the summer in the Championship, and the fact that he arrived on a free transfer should mean real credit for the scouting team.
The former Barnsley man plays at an experience level way beyond his years, and his ability to shield the defence and spot danger makes him a priceless asset for the team.
He seems to be getting better by the week, and long may it continue.
Massimo Luongo has been outstanding so far this season.
The Australian international has undoubted quality, with the only criticism being pointed at him being his consistency; particularly when returning from such lengthy journeys on international duty.
He certainly put that to bed.
Yesterday afternoon you’d have had no idea that Luongo had been representing Australia on the other side of the world, as his display oozed class and showed zero sign of fatigue.
I believe we are seeing the real quality that the midfielder possesses, and one can only hope that he manages to sustain it over the course of the season.
“A good team”?
Yesterday’s performance against Ipswich Town confirmed what I had felt for the last few weeks, and that is that QPR are in fact a good team.
It’s a compliment that is entirely down to interpretation, but what i’ve seen from the Hoops this term very much confirms it to be true.
The defence, midfield and attack are showing just how hard Ian Holloway has worked them behind the scenes, showcasing real balance and understanding; something which isn’t as common as you might think.
The fact that the team is showing their ability to work as a unit at such an early stage in the season is a real credit, and even more important is the fact that the whole squad seems to be happy.
If Ollie can continue working on the team’s collective effort, while also ensuring that he has all members of the squad singing from the same hymn sheet, then it may well be that QPR, a team whom many tipped to struggle, could be gearing up for a far more optimistic campaign.