MASS Luongo believes Saturday’s performance in our 2-1 win over Wolves was the team’s best display of the season – and now he wants to see it replicated when the R’s host Sheffield United at Loftus Road on Tuesday night.
Heading into the last round of fixtures Wolves were top of the table – prior to the Blades’ win over Leeds United on Friday night – but Rangers rose to the challenge, beating their visitors courtesy of Matt Smith’s late header after Conor Washington’s first-half opener had been cancelled out by Leo Bonatini.
“We were all over the moon after the game,” Luongo told www.qpr.co.uk. “I think it’s the best we’ve played this season.
“We are all giving each other a pat on the back because we know we deserved that win, we really did.”
The R’s went into the game without a win in seven – which included five draws – but the Australia international feels that statistic doesn’t tell the whole story.
“We have been improving since Middlesbrough away,” he added. “We haven’t been getting the results but in terms of the performances we’ve been flying.
“We have had a lot of draws recently so to finally get that win just gives us a bit of relief.”
In recent weeks the R’s have drawn with Burton Albion, Barnsley, Sunderland and Bolton, and Luongo explained:“After those games we haven’t been saying, ‘Well, we nicked a point there,’ we’ve been kicking ourselves after every game because we know how we have been playing throughout this period.”
Following the triumph over Wolves, Luongo and Co. are now preparing to host the latest league leaders in Sheffield United, and the energetic midfielder is already focusing on that challenge.
“The big test for us now is can we replicate that performance tomorrow night,” he said.
“I think we can. Everyone is on board and has bought into what we want to do. Everyone here wants to do better and to improve.
“I said before the Wolves game that they won’t ever play against a more aggressive team than us in terms of how we press and work. And I think the same can be said again ahead of Sheffield United.
“The performances are there. What we did against Wolves we have actually been doing for the past five or six weeks. But Saturday was probably the best we have done it.
“The philosophy and the mind-set stays the same, nothing changes.”