IAN Holloway was delighted after his QPR side stepped up their pre-season with a 4-2 win at Peterborough United on Saturday.
Goals from Jamie Mackie, Jack Robinson, Ebere Eze and Charlie Owens saw Rangers come from behind to run out worthy winners.
The result came at the end of an entertaining 120 minutes of football, which saw Holloway give no fewer than 23 players an outing.
“I was really pleased with the lads’ effort today,” the R’s boss told www.qpr.co.uk. “Everybody showed a really good attitude and was working hard for each other.
“The lads are working their socks off and they’re getting closer to what I want them to do.
“We’re trying to form our own identity, which isn’t an easy thing to do but you could see we were getting our confidence back.
“Most of the players got 60-70 minutes too which is really good. That’s what it’s all about.”
Despite being a pre-season friendly, it was a hard-fought affair at the ABAX Stadium which saw some touch tackling at times.
Holloway, though, was pleased with his side’s competitive nature, adding: “I thought some of the challenges were nice to see. I’m delighted we felt we had to do that in the game.
“I want them to want to win in everything we do. That’s a good habit to get into.”
The 120-minute match – split into four 30-minute periods – saw Holloway blood a youthful XI for the second hour of the game.
Despite conceding twice early on, he was pleased with their response.
“The younger lads did well in the second game after going 2-0 down, “Holloway said. “I would have like a few more senior ones in the second group to help them through but I thought they did really well.”
Holloway also had special praise for Mackie and Robinson –both on the scoresheet as the pair look to put their previous injury woes behind them this summer.
“Jack Robinson was terrific; that’s as good as he’s looked for us,” Holloway said.
“Jamie Mackie showed you what he’s all about again out there after a torrid season for him. I’ve got to congratulate them on how they’ve come back.”
Next up for Rangers is a trip to Germany next weekend, as the countdown to the new season continues with the big kick-off against Reading just three weeks away.