IT might have been just a pre-season friendly but striker Conor Washington was pleased to find the back of the net early on.
The QPR striker scored twice in Tuesday’s behind-closed-doors fixture against National League outfit Bromley.
Washington notched either side of Matt Smith’s header in the first half at Harlington as Ian Holloway’s side recorded a 4-0 win.
“It’s always nice to score as a striker, whether it be in training, the back garden or out here in a friendly,” Washington told www.qpr.co.uk.
“It’s important and it shows good signs going into the start of the new campaign.
“Towards the back end of last year my goalscoring record was a bit better and I tried to show more of what I am about. It’s a big year for me and I want to show even more of that.”
Tuesday’s match came as a welcome relief for Holloway’s squad following seven gruelling days of training in Portugal.
Three sessions a day were the order of the day as the R’s team build up their fitness levels, but it was the camaraderie off the pitch that has been of equal importance according to the Northern Ireland international.
“As soon as the first game comes around then pre-season goes a lot quicker,” he said.
“It’s gone quite slowly so far with the running and the ball work. This is what it is all about though, this is the bread and butter, we want to do well before the season starts.”
Conor added: “Portugal was really tough but it was a really good week. It brought us together as a group which can be just as important as fitness.
“There haven't been too many changes so the group has got tighter and tighter which is really important as shown by teams like Huddersfield last year.”
It’s always nice to score as a striker, whether it be in training, the back garden or out here in a friendly.