NEDUM Onuoha scored the only goal of the game to give QPR all three points at Wigan on Saturday, and the defender believes the team’s strong organisation has been a major reason for their impressive start to the season.
Victory at the DW Stadium made it three wins from five in the league, while the R’s have also come through two EFL Cup ties to seal a third round clash with Sunderland.
Onuoha netted the match-winner in the 48th minute, and following the game he told www.qpr.co.uk: “We were really solid.
“We are very well drilled now and whoever is in the side, everyone knows their role. So when you are trying to organise, it is a lot easier to do when people have an appreciation for why you are saying what you are saying.
“So there aren’t really any arguments or disagreements. It’s a case of, ‘You need be here’.
“‘Yes, I agree.’
“No-one can argue about it, it’s pretty unequivocal. Hopefully it can stay that way.”
Onuoha’s powerful strike was his second of the season, and he revealed afterwards that a little competition between him and his fellow defenders is driving him on.
“It’s always nice to score,” he said. “The manager does sometimes give us some grief for missing chances, but he also knows there’s a bit of a competition between myself and the other defenders – so when he sees someone racing ahead, he knows it’s going to be entertaining for the next couple of weeks!”
While the R’s are looking solid at the back – that was our third clean sheet from five in the league – the skipper admits there is room for improvement, but he believes the organised nature of the team is giving everyone confidence.
“I think we can improve in terms of general play and with the ball,” he said, “but when you’ve got a solid foundation, you will always be competitive – particularly when you know you’ve got centre-backs who can go forward and score goals!”
After playing seven fixtures in the space of 20 days, the R’s now have a two-week break before their next match, when they host Blackburn at Loftus Road. Reflecting on the campaign to date, Onuoha is satisfied with the start Rangers have made.
“It’s been a good month for us,” he said. “We could have done a little better but we are right there, and if another month passes and we are still there, then we can keep looking up.”