SEBASTIAN Polter was delighted to see team-mates Yeni Ngbakoto and Conor Washington get off the mark in Wednesday’s EFL Cup first round win against Swindon Town – but knows Rangers must improve if they want to keep progressing in the competition.
The R’s clinched their place in the second round – and a home tie against Rochdale – thanks to a 4-2 spot-kick success over the Robins, after Ngbakoto and Washington had earlier scored in normal time and extra-time respectively.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Polter said: "Cup games are never easy. But we are through and that's the most important thing in the end.
"We were happy with the result, happy to progress into round two – but we weren't happy with the performance.
"We need to be better in the next round, because Swindon showed they are a good League One side, and Rochdale will aim to do the same.”
Polter’s positive impact from the substitutes’ bench was an undoubted highlight on a night when Rangers largely flattered to deceive against their League One opponents.
Entering the fray in the 78th minute, the German front-man played provider in the move that resulted in Washington putting Rangers 2-1 up early in extra-time, only for the visitors to fight back.
Polter said: "We were all really pleased for Conor and Yeni.
"It's always important to score for confidence – and we are happy for them to get off the mark for QPR this season.
“The more players we have scoring goals, the more chance we will have of winning matches.
“Scoring in our house, in front of our supporters, is great for them both so early on in the season.”