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Mackie pleased with positive start

JAMIE Mackie was grinning from ear to ear after Rangers’ 2-0 victory over former-club Reading on Saturday afternoon.

Two goals from Mackie’s strike-partner Conor Washington clinched maximum points for the Hoops in W12, on an afternoon when Ian Holloway’s side executed the perfect game-plan at Loftus Road.

"It was a really good start,” Mackie told

"It's only three points but winning your first game and setting your stall out like we did is a signal of intent.

"The lads have set themselves – and each other – a real marker with that performance.

"But we need to build on this now, because if we can make this place a fortress – playing the high-tempo football that we did against Reading – we can enjoy a good season.”

Rangers’ performance owed much to the work-rate and commitment of each and every player – and Mackie was keen to acknowledge a first class team performance.

"There was no let-up in our play,” he said.

"The work we've done throughout pre-season showed in our performance.

"We were all champing at the bit to play and we produced a really quality display.
"The only disappointment is that we didn't get the number of goals our performance deserved.

"We stuck to the task, gave everything, and I think the fans loved that performance.”

Mackie reserved his final words for man-of-the-moment Washington, adding: "I'm really delighted for Conor.

"He'll score plenty of goals if he plays like he did on the opening day.

"I enjoyed playing alongside him, because we both worked our socks off and we were rewarded with a brilliant win.”