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Teamwork makes the dreamwork for Mackie

MATCH winner Jamie Mackie praised the team effort behind Thursday’s Sky Bet Championship win against Reading.

Mackie scored the only goal in the 1-0 win at the Madejski Stadium as the R’s recorded a third League win on the spin.

The 31-year-old pounced to sweep home Ryan Manning’s exquisite left foot pass in the 27th minute to seal all three points against his former side.

That goal - Mackie’s 20th for the club over two spells - was the culmination of 8 months hard work following hamstring and ankle injuries and the lively Mackie was understandably overjoyed at full-time.

"Obviously, I'm delighted,” Mackie told www.qpr.co.uk. “It's great to be back playing for the club I love.

"It's not just about scoring goals. Look at the performance of the whole squad, including the staff with the preparation for the game. That's what it's all about. That's how we'll climb the table. It's not just about one person.

"It's hard when you're losing games. Together, around the training ground, the feeling is naturally low.

"People probably didn't expect us to get three wins on the spin, but it just shows the character of the boys.

"The manager is getting the training ground as he wants it - with people completely buying into what he wants to do. That's the key for us to go forward as a squad.

"As a squad, we're looking up. We don't think we're now going to win the Championship - we're not stupid.

"But we feel like we are building something, and that's what it's about.”

Making his fourth start in a row following that double injury blow, Mackie has added an energy and enthusiasm to the R’s style of play.

That has seen Holloway’s charges record three League wins on the bounce to move the R’s up the Championship standings.

And Mackie paid tribute to the behind-the-scenes team for their work in getting him feeling like new.

"I love playing for QPR. Everyone knows that,: he said.

"That was my motivation during the eight months out. I worked extremely hard and all the credit must go to the medical team, the strength and conditioning team - the people you don't really see.

"They're amazing at our club and they've really helped me to get strong, to sort a lot of things out in my body.

"I feel like I've got a new body now, I'm raring to go for the rest of my career. Hopefully that's with QPR."

We feel like we are building something, and that's what it's about.

Jamie Mackie