Neil Warnock is relishing Cardiff City’s Championship trip to play title-chasing West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
It’s the final fixture before the international break and is likely to be the Bluebirds’ toughest test of the season so far.
City, though, are only three points behind former leaders the Baggies and Warnock says: “It’s going to be a really tough game.
“I love going to West Brom. It’s a proper place and they’re doing really well. It will be a good game and we’ll take a good following up there.
“I’m glad we’re having another rest after that.”
Cardiff are unbeaten in seven matches, while West Brom suffered their first league defeat in midweek, when they went down 1-0 at Leeds United.
Warnock was delighted with his players after their three-goal win against QPR and said: “They are a good side. We had to be well organised and disciplined and we were.
“We knew they’d have a lot of possession, but we had plenty of chances at goal.
“It was lovely to see one of our set piece moves come off. We could have even scored a few more.
“I’m delighted. We’ve overcome another obstacle.
“How many shots did we have? How many saves did they have to make?
“Fans want to see moments. There were plenty of them. My teams aren’t ever going to keep the ball at the back for the sake of it.
“Our movement has been better and we’ve created opportunities. With the players we’ve got we should score more goals.”
“We’re getting better – and I feel we can still go quite a way yet.”
Sean Morrison, Marlon Pack and substitute Callum Paterson scored Cardiff’s goals and Warnock says: “We were clinical in front of goal and that’s what we’ve been talking about.
“We are not the finished article yet and positive results certainly helps build confidence and momentum.
“The crowd were fantastic in backing us to the three points.”
Goalscorer Paterson spoke to Cardiff City TV and said: “It was a comfortable win.
“They had the ball for most of the first half, but we went in leading 2-0 at half-time and that’s what counts at the end of the day.
“We scored some good goals. We were clinical, took our chances, and they didn’t take theirs. They had the ball, but a 3-0 win is the result you really want.
“My goal was a bit of a shank!. I don’t think anyone saw that. I hoped they had only seen it go into the top corner. But it went in and thankfully that’s my first goal of the season.
“Everything is tight in the Championship. No matter what position you’re in, you are always a few points away from somebody else. We need to build on what we’ve done tonight and take it on to West Brom.
“We had a slow start to the season, but seven games undefeated is something we’ll try and build on. Another clean sheet at home is massive for us, so we’re all pleased.”
Tomlin was man of the match, while Pack was a massive influence in midfield and the back five were immense.
QPR manager Mark Warburton gave his verdict, saying: “Am I wrong to say we played some really good football tonight? We had some very good open chances, hitting the bar and the post.
“You’ve got to put the ball in the back of the net, there’s no excuses. But it’s a difficult message to the players as for long, long periods tonight we were very good.
“Without appearing naive, we knew what to expect and we knew Cardiff possessed that real physicality and we know we have to deal with it.
“But I’m more frustrated that we gave away a soft free-kick in the build-up to their first goal and we feel like we’ve had our pocket picked by falling 2-0 behind just before half-time.
“I’m never disrespectful in terms of how teams play, you play to your strengths and Cardiff are good at what they do. We spoke about set pieces and the threat of Flint, Morrison, Paterson and Glatzel. Then concede like that.
“We played well, hit a post and created chances. We looked very good and then the sucker punch, you feel like you have your pocket picked just before half-time.
“At 2-0, I still felt if we scored the next goal we were in this, because we can play. We controlled the second half, looked good, hit the bar, had three massive chances where you have to put the ball in the back of the net and that’s the harsh reality.
“If you don’t get your rewards then you pay the price. It felt like a smash and grab if I’m honest.”