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The lads showed a great mentality

STEVE McClaren praised the attitude of his players after they made it three wins in a row with a convincing 3-0 triumph over Ipswich Town at Loftus Road.

First-half goals from Pawel Wszolek and Joel Lynch were added to after the break by Nahki Wells, and McClaren told www.qpr.co.uk: “This one was mentally tough because we were at home in a game we were expected to win.

“We said to the lads it would be a tough one after beating Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest.

“But the players showed a great mentality out there to get three goals and keep a clean sheet.

“We scored the goals at the right time, and they were good goals too. It is what I call a professional performance.”

Rangers had a youthful look about them in the second half, with Joe Lumley, Darnell Furlong, Ilias Chair and Aramide Oteh finishing the game, and McClaren added: “It was great to have four academy players on the pitch at the end.

“Rem (Oteh) nearly got a goal as well and that would have been nice, but it’s important that we are able to show we have academy players who are capable of coming through

“The younger lads have been training very well and developing very well. They deserve their opportunities. You’ve got to make sure you take it when you get on the pitch, and they did that today."

Despite being naturally happy with nine points from the last three fixtures, McClaren is already turning his attention to what’s next for his team.

“It’s all about being professional, this is done now,” he added.

“We dust ourselves down and get ready for Reading on Saturday.”

It was great to have four academy players on the pitch at the end.

Steve McClaren