QPR boss Ian Holloway expressed his delight, as Rangers booked a safe passage into round two of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.
Yeni Ngbakoto’s first half goal won it against Northampton Town, who ended the tie with ten-men following Leon Barnett’s 53rd minute sending off.
Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk at the full-time whistle, Holloway said: “I think we just about deserved to go through.
“It was a very lively game. Give them credit, they pressed us well and made it difficult for us.
“We didn't look as sharp as I'd hoped we would early on but we kept going and going and there were plusses.
“Clean sheets please me and that's two out of out two.
“These games are notoriously difficult at this stage of the season so to come through with a win and a clean sheet is important.
“We stuck to the task and got the win and we're looking forward to the second round draw on Thursday.”
On a night when Steven Caulker returned following ten months on the sidelines, Holloway added: “Steven coming through his first 90 minutes was positive. That really pleased me.
“It's an absolute joy to see him out on the pitch. I care about him, like I do all my players.
“I want to help him. I'm very fortunate to have him here.
“He's made a huge step forward physically tonight – but mentally it's even bigger for him.
“I was delighted to see him come through the 90 minutes alongside our captain.
“He would've gained an awful lot from that tonight and I couldn't be happier for him.”
Holloway also reserved praise for debutant Ilias Chair, commenting: “We had a very young side on the pitch at the end and that's a positive sign.
“Young Ilias coming in for his debut is another plus for the club.
“I thought he looked really comfortable in his time on the pitch.”