Strachan delight at first win

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Gordon Strachan savoured his first victory as Middlesbrough manager and has not ruled out a challenge for automatic promotion.

Boro's 5-1 thrashing of QPR, the club's first ever win at Loftus Road, lifted them to sixth in the table. Leroy Lita netted twice with Dave Kitson, Gary O'Neil and Mark Yeates also scoring in a resounding triumph.

``I'm going to enjoy this victory. I saw it coming because we had played well against Peterborough and Crystal Palace," said Strachan. ``We created chances in those games and in this one we scored with our chances. Goals lift you and deflate the other side."

He added: ``Our target has been to get into the top six and if you can do that, you can then see if you can catch the big boys.''

The result was a major disappointment for Rangers boss Jim Magilton, whose team have won once in six matches.

Magilton said: ``We were guilty of giving the ball away cheaply and we came up against a good side who really clicked in this game.

``If you give the ball away against good sides, you'll be punished. We've handed out a few beatings this season and now we have to learn from this beating.

``It's all about learning lessons. It's wonderful to play expansive football and get the plaudits, but it sometimes takes a result like this to learn about your character.

``Let's see what we've got against Watford on Monday night. I will expect a response and so will the supporters - and so too will the players.

``This was, I hope, part of a learning curve for this group of players. We certainly need to do better.''

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Peterborough United
Gary O'Neil
Mark Yeates
Gordon Strachan
Queens Park Rangers
Crystal Palace
Leroy Lita
Dave Kitson
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