QPR attacker Tjaronn Chery believes Rangers’ fast-start to the Sky Bet Championship season owes much to their intense pre-season campaign.
Sunday’s 2-0 win at Cardiff City sent Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side to the top of the Sky Bet Championship and whilst Chery and his team-mates aren’t getting carried away at such an early stage, the Dutchman is encouraged by the R’s impressive start.
“We’re pleased with the start we’ve made,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.
“I hear that some people are surprised at the start we’ve made, but we’re not – because we had a good pre-season.
“We’ve worked hard since we came back in for training at the end of June and so far we’ve been rewarded for our hard work.”
Steven Caulker opened the scoring 14 minutes from time against his former club at the Cardiff City Stadium, before Chery was ice-cool from the spot to make it two in the final five minutes, after Sebastian Polter was sent tumbling to ground inside the box.
He added: “You can see we are a lot fitter than last season – and that showed on Sunday, because we got stronger as the game went on and scored two late goals.
“We know it’s only early days, but we are happy with the progress we’re making.
“Defensively we’ve done well so far.
“I don’t think we’ve conceded a shot on target in the league, and that’s credit to the whole team.
“We defend from the front and that has to be the platform for us.”
Chery’s successful spot-kick – his second in the league to add to the one he slammed home in the League Cup shoot-out success over Swindon Town in midweek – gave David Marshall absolutely no chance, as the R’s no.10 cheekily acknowledged.
“I enjoyed the penalty – it was my favourite of the three so far,” he said.
“It was high in to the roof of the net and it went exactly where I wanted it to go.
“When you place it there, it’s very difficult for the keeper to get anywhere near it.”
Next up for Rangers is a trip to Oakwell, the home of Barnsley on Wednesday night, and Chery is well aware of the threat posed by the Tykes, who beat Derby County on Saturday.
“Barnsley are new to this league and they will be looking to build on their win against Derby,” he said.
“But we will be focusing on what we can do – and for us, hard work is the minimum requirement.
“We feel good, we feel fit and we’re enjoying our football.
“We are striving to be consistent and the early signs are positive.”