Everything going according to plan for Neil Warnock

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It was a great win on Tuesday night for QPR against a very tough Ipswich side that up until they crossed swords with the Hoops had a 100 per cent record this season.

Portman Road has been a fortress in the Championship, making it very hard to come away with any points, but a win makes the Super Hoops the only team left in the league without defeat.

Yet another 3-0 win has opened the gap at the top to three. Not bad after six games in one of Europe’s toughest divisions.

Portman Road had taken a big drenching in the afternoon, and you would have thought it would have made the game less entertaining but both teams produced an exciting spectacle.

It took a dogged Jamie Mackie 31 minutes before he smashed the ball over the line to give the Hoops the lead.

It came from a long ball from Gorkks (who had a solid game, proving his position in the team is a valid one) which was flicked on by Helgusson. Jamie bounced off two clumsy tackles before slotting home.

His second will be on the Hoops’ training reel for a long time. Involving some great passes with Taarabt before he took the ball just in the opposition half, he stormed through the defence.

He then had two defenders trying to muscle him off the ball then calmly slipped the ball past Fulop in the bottom left hand corner.

As is always the case at Portman Road, the Tractor Boys came out very strong in the second half. After making two substitutions their football was neat and purposeful but unfortunately it was too little, too late.

On 68 minutes, Mackie once more strode into the box - the Ipswich defence must have been sick of the sight of Jamie running rings round them. After taking him out with a bit of rough justice Helguson stepped to the plate and put the preverbal fork into Town.

Another well-actioned, fast paced and entertaining performance from the Hoops. Neil Warnock is planning this campaign perfectly.

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Jamie Mackie
Queens Park Rangers

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