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Smith: ‘The perfect start to 2018!’

QPR striker Matt Smith wants the R’s New Year’s Day victory against Cardiff City to be the springboard for an improved 2018.

Smith notched his sixth goal of the season versus the Bluebirds to draw Rangers level in W12, before fellow front-man – and R’s debutant – Paul Smyth bagged the winner to send Loftus Road into raptures.

"It was a fully deserved win – a great feeling and the perfect way to start 2018,” Smith told

“Even at 1-0 down, I felt we were always in the game.

"We didn't lose focus. We kept our heads up, got the equaliser and then the winner.

“It was a brilliant feeling at the full-time whistle.”

On his goal, which arrived courtesy of Jack Robinson’s pin-point long throw-in, Smith added: "Robbo has got a huge throw-in and it was just a case of reading it as best I could.

"Thankfully I got on the end of it and to see it go in the back of the net was great.”

Whilst Smith got the leveller after Joe Ralls’ penalty for the Bluebirds, it was his team-mate Smyth who was the star of the show late on – and in some style too!

It came as no surprise to Smith to see the 20-year-old Northern Irishman net the winner!

"Young Smythy has been top notch since he's come through the door to be honest,” he said.

"His enthusiasm and his desire is there for all to see.

"The gaffer threw him in at the deep end and that's not easy, especially against a side like Cardiff.

"But his performance was exceptional. To see him turn in a display like that and be rewarded with a match-winning goal on his debut is fantastic.”

Now Smith is keen to see the R’s build on the 2-1 win, with an FA Cup tie against MK Dons and a trip to Burton Albion in the Championship on the not too distant horizon.

"Hopefully this can kick-start a good spell for us,” he said.

"Beating Cardiff just goes to show that we can compete with the top teams, but we need to be more consistent.

"This win will give us a big lift.

"We were disappointed after Millwall, but to bounce back and win as we did will give us all a lot of confidence.”

Beating Cardiff just goes to show that we can compete with the top teams.

Matt Smith