Magilton: We've raised the bar

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QPR boss Jim Magilton feels his side are beginning to hit top gear after they roared to a 5-2 win over Barnsley.

Rangers shrugged off the uncertainty surrounding co-owner Flavio Briatore to put in a fine performance in a seven-goal thriller. Akos Buzsaky scored twice to add to Mikele Leigertwood's opener, and despite a second-half Barnsley fightback when Stephen Foster and Andy Gray reduced the arrears to one, further goals from Ben Watson and Jay Simpson secured a maiden home win for Rangers.

``We've raised the bar,'' said Magilton. ``I was worried because I know Mark Robins is a very good manager and his side have improved under him, so it was always going to be a tricky game for us, especially after all the hype."

He added: ``We had to do whatever we could to get three points and some of our play was extremely good.

``It was a bit nervy at times and we afforded them a few too many chances, but all in all I am pleased.''

The first half was particularly sweet for Buzsaky, the Hungary international scoring his first goals of the season having missed most of last term through injury.

Leigertwood had already scored from long range when Buzsaky slid in the second, and before the break he conjured up a trademark 30-yard curler.

``His form is on an upward curve,'' added Magilton.

``I think he's got some way to go, like all of us, but we know he possesses great individual ability and his second goal was magnificent.''

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Akos Buzsaky
Stephen Foster
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Ben Watson
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