Mark Warburton admitted QPR stole three points against Coventry but praised the resilience of his side to chalk up a fourth successive victory.
Albert Adomah’s header in the 88th minute clinched the win for Rangers, who then held out under some heavy pressure from the Sky Blues with 16 minutes of injury-time played after a supporter in one of the home stands required medical treatment in the second half.
Warburton’s team can go second if they win their game in hand, against Swansea on Tuesday night, but the Rangers boss said the home side can feel aggrieved to lose the game .
“We caused our own problems. We were loose with the ball, we weren’t tight, Coventry moved the ball far better, had better movement and we conceded too many set-pieces,” Warburton said.
“But we defended those set-pieces well, apart from the goal which was a great strike, got first contact and the one real moment of quality was the ball from Chris (Willock) and the finish.
“To come here, a tough venue, and find a way and emerge with three points is a great sign for us.”
Warburton praised the performance of Sam Field, who was outstanding in midfield, with his return to the side coinciding with four straight wins.
“I think he has been excellent for the last three or four games. He is a Premier League midfielder and I have no doubt about what he can be and what he can achieve,” Warburton said.
“He covers ground well, he reads the game well, he gets blocks in.
“He showed a bit more belief in his ability to get forward. He has good technique and good passing and it’s just getting that belief in him now to do it more.
“He is 22 years old, a great athlete, came through the injury side of things and there is now a freedom to his play that wasn’t there before he had the knee surgery. Now he has had that surgery he is a different player.
“I have no doubt he can play at a higher level and hopefully it can be with QPR.”