Polter eye progress after Canaries win

QPR striker Sebastian Polter believes there is much more to come from him and his team-mates following Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Norwich City.

Polter scored one and provided an assist for strike-partner Conor Washington, as Rangers kick-started Ian Holloway’s return to the R’s dug-out in the perfect fashion against the high-flying Canaries.

“It was a brilliant result and all that we wanted after a really exciting week,” Polter told www.qpr.co.uk.

“The gaffer was so happy at the end.

“He had some nice words to say to us and he was so proud to lead QPR to a win after 18 months out of management.

“QPR is all that he cares about in football. He loves this club and we want to build on Saturday and give him many more happy days here.”

In an action-packed Championship fixture, Norwich were reduced to ten-men in the opening couple of minutes when Martin Olsson saw red for a handball on the line.

Tjaronn Chery missed the resultant spot-kick, but the Hoops responded in stunning style, scoring two goals in six minutes midway through the half thanks to strike-duo Polter and Washington.

Norwich set up a nervy finale with a goal 12 minutes from time, but the R’s held on to see out a deserved victory.

“The start was so positive, with the early red card and the penalty,” said Polter.

“Chery missed but we didn’t let our heads drop.

“The way we reacted was very positive and we deservedly scored two goals.

“The late stages of the second half weren’t quite so good, but we will learn from the mistakes we made.

“We needed to keep our shape better and keep the ball better.

“I think we were nervous. We sat too deep - we needed to get higher up the pitch. That starts from me and Conor.

“Thankfully we did enough to get the win we deserved though - and that was all that mattered in the end.”

Polter was full of praise for Washington who, having been restored to his preferred striker’s role, slotted Rangers in front from the big German’s knockdown.

“We were all delighted for Conor,” he said.

“He played in his natural position and you could see the difference it made to his performance.

“We always believed he would score; the gaffer has told him how much he believes in him as well.

“You could see in his performance that he was confident and he took his goal really well.

“I’m sure he will go on and score a lot more goals this season.”

Despite playing a pivotal role in the R’s victory, Polter admitted he was disappointed in his own performance, commenting: “My overall performance wasn’t good enough, but that sometimes happens.

“Of course I was pleased to assist and score, which is great, but I felt I could have done better.

“I’ve played better and not scored and we’ve lost, so to not play as well but score in a winning performance - I will take that of course.

“It was a good match overall, but we have a long way to go and we want to keep improving.”

My overall performance wasn’t good enough, but that sometimes happens.

Sebastian Polter