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Mass: 'It's a happy place to be'

MASSIMO Luongo admits the QPR dressing room is a ‘happy place to be right now’ following Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory over Barnsley.

Luongo played a pivotal role in the heart of the Rangers midfield, as Ian Holloway’s men picked up a fourth win in five Sky Bet Championship fixtures – and a third victory in a row at Loftus Road.

Speaking to, Luongo expressed his delight with the win, commenting: “It was an enjoyable game to play in.

“The manager tasked us with out-working them; out-playing them; and out-running them – and I thought we did that.

“They can be devastating on the counter-attack, but I felt we nullified their threat.

“On the ball, we were very good in possession and created a lot of chances.

“I felt we responded to the challenge the manager laid down to us superbly.”

Luongo revealed Holloway asked him to produce a ‘more disciplined’ display in the R’s midfield, adding: “I was pleased with my own performance.

“I felt I really got to grip with the game early on.

“We knew that the midfield battle would be key and I felt we won it.

“I've had to sit out a few games, but I feel refreshed and I think that showed.

“I've sat down and spoke to the manager at length over the last few weeks, looking at where I can affect the game a little bit more, and I feel I'm getting to where he wants me to be and showing what he wants me to produce.

“He wants me to lead by example in there, because we're quite inexperienced in the middle of the pitch.

“He wanted me to be disciplined in my performance last night and sit in a bit when we poured forward.

“That's not a role I play all the time, but I enjoyed it.”

After Idrissa Sylla’s early strike and an Angus MacDonald own goal, the R’s were given a brief scare when Barnsley’s Tom Bradshaw halved the deficit 11 minutes from time, but the Hoops stood firm to see out another home win.

Luongo was pleased with how the R’s defended in the closing stages, adding: “I didn't feel we were ever under a great threat.

“Even when we conceded, we didn't look worried, we didn't look scared – we just kept doing our thing and defended very well when we needed to.”

Luongo reserved his final words for Holloway, who he believes has shown he can send out his team to play in different formations and deploy different tactics.

He added: “It's nice to win games, of course it is, but it's also nice to win against different styles of football.

“We've approached games differently in the last few weeks and that's entirely down to the manager.

“He knows this division inside-out and we've got to trust him to pick the right team and play with the right tactics – and it’s working.

“We played two different teams on Saturday and Tuesday and we won both and deserved to win both.

“Four wins from five – and three in a row at home – certainly shows we are doing something right.

“We feel we're improving and I think the supporters can see that too.

“It's a happy place to be right now.”

I've had to sit out a few games, but I feel refreshed and I think that showed.

Massimo Luongo