Ainsworth praises players after QPR win

Gareth Ainsworth praised QPR’s players after his change of direction resulted in a 2-1 win at Cardiff. 

West London Sport revealed in the wake of last weekend’s 4-0 hammering at Watford that boss Ainsworth was ditching his direct tactics in favour of more of a passing style.

And his side duly produced a transformed performance and earned a deserved victory, with new signing Steve Cook making a big difference at the heart of the defence.

“My system and setting the boys up didn’t give them the best chance of winning, and it has been a big week for me,” Ainsworth said.

“It’s a big day for me, a long week, and I can’t thank the boys enough for their time with me and patterns on the training ground about how I want to do things.

“I really did think ‘How do I get the best out of the players I have got rather than what has got me success (at Wycombe) in the past?’.

“I had to say to myself ‘This is new Gareth’ and I thought I was stifling what the boys are good at, so we changed things up.

“There are still some non-negotiables with me and fundamentals, like scrapping and giving their all, but there was a little bit of a more of a style, which I enjoyed. The boys went out there and delivered.”

Sinclair Armstrong scored his first QPR goal and Kenneth Paal also netted before Ike Ugbo pulled one back Cardiff.

Paul Smyth created the opening goal, chasing what looked a lost cause on the right and robbing Callum O’Dowda before teeing up Armstrong for a simple tap-in from a couple of yards out.

Rangers rode their luck after the interval when Aaron Ramsey fired against the bar.

But then the outstanding Armstrong set up the all-important second goal.

Armstrong did brilliantly on the flank and pulled the ball back for Paal, who netted with a lovely first-time strike.

Rangers faded after Armstrong and Smyth went off and had to ride their luck late on.

Ugbo gave the Bluebirds hope by slotting home after being set up by O’Dowda – and they hit the woodwork again in the final minutes, this time when Mark McGuinness’ effort struck the bar.