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Dickie: Our hard work paid off

SATURDAY’S opening-day victory over Nottingham Forest rewarded the hard work that the QPR squad have been putting in at the training ground, says defender Rob Dickie.

The 24-year-old – a summer signing from Oxford United – made his Rangers debut in the match and helped his team keep a clean sheet against one of the pre-season promotion favourites.

And afterwards Dickie told www.qpr.co.uk that he and his teammates were delighted to get off to a winning start.

“It doesn’t get much better than a clean sheet and a win,” he beamed. “I’m really, really pleased with the result and the way that we put in a real shift.

“It wasn’t always the prettiest but sometimes you need to win like that. It’s a real shame that it wasn’t in front of the fans but we’re really happy to have got the win for them.”

He added: “We have worked really hard throughout the week – the coaches and players – on distances and getting more familiar with each other and I think that hard work showed.

“We have really emphasised our defensive work, especially in this last week, and it paid off today (Saturday).”

Nottingham Forest are tipped to challenge at the top end of the Championship table and Dickie believes his side can compete alongside them.

He said: “It was a very good win to beat one of the favourites to be at the top of the table and we feel like that we can compete towards the top of the table as well.”

Up next for Rangers is an away fixture at Coventry City on Friday night. Dickie knows what to expect against the Sky Blues, having played against them for Oxford last season.

He said: “They are quite a free-flowing, attacking side – that is how they played last year. They keep the ball on the floor but they are direct and like to attacking quickly. They have fast wingers and they will pose us a tough test.”