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In-form Conor in confident mood

QPR striker Conor Washington admits he’s in a ‘really good place’ in his personal and professional life – and admits R’s boss Ian Holloway and Northern Ireland gaffer Michael O’Neill deserve a large chunk of the credit!

Washington scored his third international goal for the Green and White Army against Norway on Sunday night, building on his ever-improving recent form at club level under the guidance of Holloway.

Speaking ahead of Friday’s Sky Bet Championship showdown against Derby County at Pride Park, Washington said: “I'm feeling in a really good place.

“Everything seems to have clicked into place for me at QPR and on the international stage too.

“I'm really enjoying my football and my life in general.”

He added: “The manager has been fantastic for me – as has Michael O’Neill too.

“They’ve both really given my confidence levels a huge boost, which is vitally important for me as a player.”

On playing under Holloway, Washington added: “I really enjoy playing for the gaffer.

“I've had a lot of one-on-one conversations with him and he's shown me a lot of clips of me scoring goals, which is something I've enjoyed.

“Stuff like that and the way he goes about man-management in general has given me a tremendous boost.

“It’s a really good place to be for all of us at QPR at the moment and long may that continue.”

The Hoops head to Pride Park on Friday evening aiming to extend their unbeaten run in March, following three wins and a draw from their four fixtures to date.

Buoyed by his latest goal on international duty, Washington is in confident mood ahead of the R's return to domestic football following the two-week break.

“Derby are a really good side, with top quality players,” he said.

“They’ve got a new manager now in Gary Rowett and with it being his first home game, that’ll add something to the game I’m sure.

“But we've been good away from home lately and we'll go there with a game plan to get all three points.

“We've executed our game plan really well away from home in recent weeks, so it's another good test – another good opportunity for us to show how we've progressed since the turn of the year.”

It’s a really good place to be for all of us at QPR at the moment and long may that continue.

Conor Washington