QPR striker Matt Smith says that the club have silenced any pre-season negativity following a positive start to the season.
The Hoops were tipped by many to struggle during pre-season, especially due to the lack of money being spent at that time, but Smith says that the continuity within the squad has proven to be an asset.
Speaking to GetWestLondon about whether the club are doing better than he thought they would, Smith said: "It's hasn't been better than what we were anticipating, but maybe what people on the outside were anticipating.
"There was a lot of negativity going into the season, and we did well to let that wash off our shoulders. People might have looked at the recruitment and thought we haven’t really added in tremendous volume here and it seems much of a muchness in terms of the group that was here last year, but I think that’s a good thing.
"It’s allowed us time to gel and certainly the one thing that’s noticeable from when I was here last year was that despite a disappointing end to the season, certainly for large parts we really showed what we were about."
The club currently sit in 11th place in the Championship after picking up 12 points from nine games, and Smith says that statistics show how well they're doing.
He said: "The initial and middle block of games that I was involved in, we were top of the form charts for the entire league. We’ve shown what we’re capable of, it’s down to consistency and if we can maintain that then we’ll do very well. That’s my honest opinion, we’ll do very well.
"We have a really resilient character in the group, and we’re all fighting for each other, we’ve got strength on the bench, whoever’s starting, whoever’s on the bench we go into games knowing that we can make an impact from the bench, because the manager is so positive. He always makes positive substitutions, and I think we’re the highest scoring Championship team from the bench in 2017, so that sums it up.
"We’ve got the ability to cut teams open in the second half with the changes we make, and that’s great weapon to have in this league especially.
"Ian Holloway’s obviously been the focal point to that. He’s assembled what he thinks is a good group of lads mentally and in terms of spirit, and that’s evident throughout the team."
Despite a positive start, Smith says that it is far too early to make any predictions about where QPR will finish with the league yet to take it's true form.
He said: "At the minute I don’t think the league has really found it’s structure and shape yet.
"There seems to be no clear team running away with things at the moment, everything seems to be a bit of give and take. As a collective we can be happy with our points return, particularly at home, and the fact that we’ve only got one point away from home, you just have to look at where we’ve gone to and the performances we’ve put in at those places, except Norwich maybe.
"There’s plenty of reasons to be pleased and it’s down to us to maintain it now. It’s easy to do it in fits and starts but to maintain that consistency over the season is what’s going to determine whether it’s a success or not."