Date: 2nd August 2018 at 7:00am
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Queens Park Rangers midfielder Josh Scowen is in high spirits ahead of Saturday’s opening game of the 2018/19 campaign against Preston North End at Deepdale.

It’s been a mixed pre-season results wise for new manager Steve McClaren but optimism is rising within the fanbase, even if it’s only incremental, and last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Union Berlin was certainly a shot in the arm for everyone given the performance put in by the players.

Speaking to the Official Site this week as all eyes turn to the competitive opener of the year, Scowen explained that he felt good strides had been made in our style of play under the new gaffer over the last few weeks and that left him, and others, positive about the season ahead.

Especially as the aim will be to play when we can, but equally, dig in and do the ugly stuff or go long when that’s needed.

“Everyone wants to play nice attractive football and I think with the players we’ve got here we are more than capable of doing that but then we’ve also got big Smudge (Matt Smith) if we need to go long. We’ve got a good mix and hopefully we can play some nice attractive stuff this year. It’s always nice to have a plan B so if the football game is not working we can actually go a bit more direct.”

Scowen went on to say that comparing the friendlies in the last two seasons against Union Berlin, last year they played us off the park, but he felt we took that honour this year so everyone was enjoying the steps forward we are making.

Now it’s about turning it into results as that’s all fans care about – especially in our position and other issues to think about.

Scowen ended by simply emphasising that the aim will be to open the year with a win.