QPR FRONT-MAN Sebastian Polter is in a positive mood ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Cardiff City – insisting Rangers’ away form must improve this season.
The R’s won just four games on their travels last term, culminating in a 12th place finish, and the big German striker – buoyed by a goal on the opening day of the season last weekend – is determined to ensure that statistic improves this term.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk ahead of Sunday’s clash at the Cardiff City Stadium, Polter said: "Our away form wasn't good last season. We need to improve on that.
"We need to take points back to our house in London. That's how it needs to be this season.
"It's our first away game of the season. We will go there and be positive I'm sure.
"We want to build on the Leeds game on the opening weekend.
"It's a difficult game – Cardiff are a good side. They will want to start well in front of their own fans, but we will head there in confident mood.”
Cardiff’s campaign began with a 0-0 draw at Birmingham City last weekend, whilst both fixtures between the Bluebirds and the R’s last term ended in stalemates.
However, Polter insists the R’s can build on their opening day victory against Leeds United, which was followed by Wednesday night’s 4-2 penalty triumph over Swindon Town in the EFL Cup, adding: "We've made a positive start to the season with two wins.
"We need to take the positives from Leeds and Swindon into the game at the weekend.
"We need to go again on Sunday and play more like we did against Leeds.
"The schedule is tough in this opening month, but we just have to prepare game by game and make sure we are ready and keep improving.”
Polter’s promising start to the season has been one of a number of highlights so far and whilst his attacking play is receiving all the plaudits at present, he’s well aware of the importance of the defensive side of his game too.
He said: "It's not just about scoring as a striker.
"I am the first defender in attack. My job is important from a defensive point of view.
"All successful teams have 11 players – and more from the bench – who are willing to play their part defending, as well as going forward.
"I am a team player and this is a team sport. We have to play for ourselves and the team – but the team is more important than anything.”