QPR boss Iain Dowie saluted his side's defensive qualities as they moved up to fourth in the Championship table with a well-deserved 1-0 victory at Norwich.

Martin Rowlands secured the three points with a free-kick despite the visitors playing for over an hour with 10 men following the sending-off of defender Matthew Connolly for two bookable offences.

"I thought our response to going a man down was terrific. We got our goal and then defended superbly, while we could have easily have gone further ahead ourselves." said Dowie.

"Glenn Roeder has brought a lot of people here and changed things around and this is a very difficult place to come so it definitely is a pleasing night's work,

"It's not as if I have got to come in here and talk about a lot of Radek Cerny's saves. We restricted them to very few clear chances. It's a very pleasing result, much more pleasing than Sunday when we won 4-1 because this was a real backs-to-the-wall team effort. All 10 men who stayed on did an excellent job, as did the substitutes.

"I like the smell of the dressing room here. There are some good characters in there, some good leaders, and I thought you saw a lot of characters out there."

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