The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

MID­FIELDER Josh Scowen be­lieves QPR should be tar­get­ing a play-off push this sea­son. Af­ter help­ing the R’s get the bet­ter of Wolves and Sh­effield United in quick suc­ces­sion, the 24year-old, signed from Barns­ley in the sum­mer, feels they can look up the ta­ble and not over their shoul­der. “We’ve got to take it one game at a time, but we’ve just beaten the top two, and against other teams we have been in the game. So, we are more than ca­pa­ble of mak­ing the play-offs – as long as our at­ti­tude stays the same and we keep play­ing the way we have been,” he told The FLP. Scowen put in a tiger­ish dis­play in the heart of the QPR mid­field, along­side Luke Free­man and Mas­simo Luongo, against Sh­effield United. He made it tough for Blades star­let David Brooks to find breath­ing space and got stuck in all over the park, just like R’s boss Ian Hol­loway wants. “We try and press all around the pitch and they were the same,” said Scowen. “It was a real tough bat­tle “They are a good side and you can see why they are up there. They are play­ing with no fear, but we matched them and came away with the points. “The man­ager’s buzzing, as we are. He knows it’s not the best we’ve played but we’ve come away with three points and that’s all that mat­ters at the end of the day. “I think he’s proud of the boys, the way we de­fended at the end.” And Scowen feels there will be a new mood around Lof­tus Road now. “Ev­ery­one’s buzzing,” he said. “Against Wolves, I think we de­served the points,. We played re­ally well. Sh­effield United was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent test, but we showed spirit and were re­silient. “We got that bit of luck we haven’t had in pre­vi­ous matches. It’s nice to get a cou­ple of wins on the bounce and we’re full of con­fi­dence. We have to keep play­ing the way we have been.” On a per­sonal level, the Cheshunt-born mid­fielder is more than happy at QPR. “I’m lov­ing it,” added the ex-Wy­combe man. “It’s nice to be closer to my fam­ily and, foot­ball-wise, the way we play suits the way I play. I’m en­joy­ing ev­ery minute.”

EN­GINE ROOM: Josh Scowen is one of QPR’s mid­field grafters

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