New Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton may not have had a great pre-season when it came to the results we picked up, but he got his message across to the players and we opened the 2019/20 Championship campaign earlier today with a morale-boosting victory over Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium.
Summer loan arrival from West Ham United, Jordan Hugill got himself on the scoresheet eight minutes into the game to register his debut goal, and young talent Ebere Eze’s brilliant solo effort just shortly after the half time break left us comfortable.
Stoke did hit back with 12 minutes remaining in the game, but we did more in the 90 with less of the ball to hold out for the 2-1 win and pick up our first three points of the year.
Speaking to the BBC following the full time whistle, a pleased Warburton told reporters in his press conference.
“We have got some good young players – they just need some belief at how good they can be, and that will come with confidence. It is really pleasing to get the win. This is a tough place to come and it is a squad full of Premier League players. The dynamic changed after Stoke’s goal, but I thought we dealt with it well and the players, to a man, stood up to it.”