NEIL Warnock ordered his QPR players to wear shin pads at his first training session in a bid to get his players stuck in from the start.
The new Rangers boss, who has a reputation for no-nonsense football, has admitted he wants his players to toughen up and he wasted no time in getting his message across.
The players responded with victories in his first two games in charge, and Kaspars Gorkss believes the shin pad tactic did them some good.
"I think as a professional player you need to take on board every idea the manager has and just accept his philosophy of the game," said the defender.
"I think that’s what we need at the moment. We need a leader who prepares us for the games. Everyone knows how enthusiastic he is about doing things, and I think his enthusiasm is transferring to players and it shows on the pitch.
"It gives us a positive start with the new manager. He’s had a good impact on our game and on our fighting spirit and we can improve even more."
Gorkss added: "I don’t think it’s good for a team to change managers as often as we do, but as a player, there’s a motivation for you to get into the team with every manager you have and to adapt to every system we play."