Queens Park Rangers managed to secure all three points in their showdown with Cardiff City in the Championship last night.
Andre Gray scored what turned out to be the winning goal for the Hoops in the 37th minute as he fired past Bluebirds goalkeeper Alex Smithies.
Although Cardiff pushed for an equaliser in the dying embers of the clash, QPR held on to seal an impressive victory on their travels.
As a result of this particular triumph, the Hoops moved up to fifth in the Championship standings.
Here, we have decided to take a look at THREE things we clearly learnt about QPR after their 1-o victory over Cardiff…
Andre Dozzell possesses the talent needed to thrive at this level
Since joining QPR in the summer transfer window, Andre Dozzell has been forced to wait for his chance to impress in the Championship due to the presence of Dominic Ball and Stefan Johansen.
Given the nod to start by Hoops boss Mark Warburton yesterday, the midfielder went on to produce a promising display at the Cardiff City Stadium as he recorded a WhoScored match rating of 7.56 in this fixture.
Having provided a sublime assist for Gray’s winning goal in this aforementioned fixture, Dozzell will now be looking to become a key player for QPR by delivering the goods on a consistent basis in the Championship in the coming months.
An extremely talented individual, Dozzell clearly possesses the ability to thrive at this level and thus it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he kicks-on following his latest display for QPR.
Andre Gray could play a pivotal role in the club’s push for a top-six finish this season
Gray managed to illustrate just how clinical he can be in-front of goal during Wednesday’s clash with Cardiff as he produced a composed finish after latching onto Dozzell’s pass.
Certainly no stranger to life in this division, the forward has now managed to find the back of the net on 49 occasions at this level during his career.
By maintaining his form as well as his fitness this season, Gray could potentially spearhead QPR’s push for a top-six finish in the Championship as he clearly knows exactly what it takes to compete at this level.
QPR should be looking to use this game as a benchmark as they aim to keep more clean-sheets in the Championship
Whilst QPR have managed to produce a host of fantastic attacking displays during the current campaign, their progress in the Championship has been hindered by a failure to prevent their opponents from scoring.
During the 16 league games that they have played this season, the Hoops have only managed to keep five clean-sheets.
Having prevented Cardiff from scoring in last night’s clash, QPR ought to be looking to learn from this display as they could potentially climb the Championship standings if they start to deliver the goods in a defensive sense in their upcoming fixtures.