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SANDRO believes QPR “are a different team now” to the one that started the season with just one win from eight games in all competitions.

Recent performances against Liverpool, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Manchester City have yielded more than the four Premier League points won – they’ve given the squad a belief that they can compete at the top level in English football.

Combative midfielder Sandro has been an important part of the turnaround in form, and he told www.qpr.co.uk: “We are a different team now. The way we play now, everyone understands what their team-mate wants. It’s very nice to play this way.

“We are all together. It has taken some time to understand, but now we feel so comfortable on the pitch. When we played Manchester City, I thought we were on top of them and deserved to win.”

The point secured in the 2-2 draw against the champions has taken Rangers’ toll to eight from 11 league fixtures. The R’s are looking to make up for lost time following that tough start, and Sandro admits the opening spell of the campaign was hard to take.

“It was difficult for me, and for everyone,” said the 25 year-old, who joined Rangers from Tottenham on transfer deadline day in September. 

“It is very hard when you go onto the pitch and you lose, and you lose, and you lose. But we have changed this. We play with confidence now.”

Sandro has had a difficult spell with injuries since his arrival at Loftus Road, and he says his passion for the game makes any period on the sidelines even tougher to take.

“The injuries have been very hard for me,” he explained. “I love to play football and I love to win games, so when I am not out there I am so frustrated.”

Sandro was out of action for seven months while at Spurs after suffering a knee injury while playing against the R’s, but he believes it’s QPR who could ultimately benefit from that. 

“That was very tough,” he said. “To be off the pitch for so long was difficult, but when I came back I was so happy, so excited. It felt like my first game ever. 

“It has made me strong.  I believe I will find my level again with QPR. I am doing good at the moment, but I will improve. I feel so good here. Everyone in the changing room makes my life very easy. We all want to win games and fight for each other.”

Next up for the new-look QPR is a new-look Newcastle United. After a difficult start to the campaign themselves, the Magpies are now one of the Premier League’s most in-form teams with four wins on the spin.

“We were the same in the beginning of the season, but they have changed - and QPR have changed,” said Sandro. 

“I think this is going to be a very good game because both teams have changed the way they play. It will be an open match because we are going to go there to win the game, but we know they are strong.”