LIAM Miller insists QPR are good enough to maintain their challenge for promotion.
Miller won the Championship with Sunderland the season before last and was on loan at Leeds when they reached the play-off final in 2006.
That perhaps makes him a decent judge of a team's promotion credentials and Miller, who recently joined Rangers for the rest of the season, believes his new club are capable of finishing in the top six.
"I definitely think so. If you look at the squad it's a very talented group of lads and I don't see any reason why not," he said.
"I've only been here a short time, but from what I've seen, I think we're good enough. The main thing is to be consistent and put some kind of run together."
Miller made his home debut in Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to Reading and has the task of replacing Rs skipper Martin Rowlands in midfield.
Rowlands will miss the rest of the campaign with a knee injury, meaning the onus is very much on Miller to deliver straightaway following his move from Sunderland, where he was out of the firstteam picture.
Miller said: "I can see just by the lads that everyone at the club is disappointed about Rowly.
"It's a terrible injury to get and I just hope he comes back stronger and better. It's been a terrible disappointment for everyone here to lose him.
"Hopefully with a few more games I can find some form, but at the moment I'm just happy to be playing. I just wanted to be playing football."
Having signed Miller days before Rowlands suffered his injury, Rangers had a ready-made replacement.
There was no real attempt to sign another midfielder. An enquiry was made about Manchester City's Michael Johnson, but it never went beyond that stage.
Even big-spending Rangers showed some restraint in the transfer market - by their standards at least - and by the time the January window closed they were in fact looking at ways of trimming their squad.
Adam Bolder completed his expected move to Millwall, while Argentine midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma's season-long loan from Genoa was cut short.
Ledesma, who started the season so brightly, left Loftus Road last week and on Tuesday completed a loan move to Italian Serie B side Salernitana.
And Teenagers Josh Ford, Matt O'Brien and Chris Flood have been released, with more youngsters likely to be shown the door before long.
Rangers are still able to make loan signings but recent results have suggested the current squad can sustain a promotion battle.
Against second-placed Reading they defended well and might have claimed a third consecutive win had Heidar Helguson not headed Damien Delaney's cross wide of the far post from five yards out.
"It was a bit disappointing not to win the game but at the same time it was hard-fought draw against a good team," Miller reflected.
"Reading have scored a lot of goals this season but our back four was solid against them, and we could have won the game ourselves.
"We played a team that are flying near the top of the table and we proved we were a match for them." Match Summary QPR (0) 0 READING (0) 0 Line-up: Camp; Connolly, Stewart, Gorkss, Delaney; Routledge, Leigertwood, Mahon (Ephraim 77), Miller, Cook (Di Carmine 90); Helguson (Blackstock 85). Subs not used: Hall, Alberti. Attendance: 17,120.
MoM: Gavin Mahon
City Ground Saturday 3pm Championship
Manager: Billy Davies (above) Position last season: 2nd in League 1 Form Guide: There is a bit more optimism in the air following the appointment of Billy Davies in place of Colin Calderwood and back-to-back home wins over Plymouth Argyle (2-0) and Sheffield Wednesday (2-1) have eased the pressure on a Forest side who were in the bottom three not so long ago. Watford (3-2) and Barnsley (1-0) are the only other clubs to have left Forest emptyhanded, while there have been home defeats at the hands of six clubs - Burnley (1-2),Crystal Palace (0-2),Cardiff City (0-1), Norwich (1-2),Sheffield United (0-1) and Doncaster Rovers (2-4).
Players to look out for: Former Cardiff,West Brom,Norwich and Derby striker Rob Earnshaw has 11 goals this season. Has a good somersault goal celebration, which Rangers will hope not to see.
Most recent meetings: QPR 2-1 Nottm Forest (18 Oct 2008); QPR 2-1 Nottm Forest (30 Apr 2005) - Championship; QPR 0-3 Nottm Forest (8 Jan 2005) - FA Cup. Head-to-head record: NF Wins: 24 QPR Wins: 14 Draws: 15
Match Facts: Rangers lost 2-1 at the City Ground on their last visit in December 2004 - Georges Santos the unlikely scorer - and have never beaten Forest on their patch in 26 attempts. The Rs did escape with a point from a 1-1 draw in the season before that. There have been four 4-0 defeats during that time and one 5-2 loss in a League Cup tie 20 years ago.
Forecast: Rangers are proving hard to beat at the moment and should be buoyed by back-to-back away wins. But Forest appear to be reviving and a first ever success at the City Ground may just elude the Rs. We go for a draw.
Gazetteforecast success rate: 18 correct out of 35 (51%)