‘Target achieved’ – Marti Cifuentes celebrates QPR achieving Championship survival

QPR head coach Marti Cifuentes celebrated a job well done as his side secured their place in next season’s Championship with a remarkable 4-0 win against Leeds United last night.

Goals from Ilias Chair, Lucas Andersen, Lyndon Dykes and Sam Field saw Rangers upset the promotion-chasers in front of a raucous crowd at Loftus Road.

The west London club were six points from safety when Cifuentes replaced Gareth Ainsworth in October, yet he has managed to keep them up with a game to spare.

“First of all – target achieved. That was the main thing. And second of all, a fantastic evening and way to close the circle,” said the Spaniard.

“I know the season is not over, we have one last game against Coventry, but [it was] definitely a special night at home with our supporters against a good team so it was a very good night.

“Tonight is going to be a long night for a lot of people.”

QPR raced into a two-goal lead early in the first half to shellshock the visitors before second-half efforts from Dykes and Field wrapped up a sensational display.

It was only the second time that Rangers have scored more than twice in a single game under Cifuentes, and they saved it for the perfect occasion.

“I enjoyed the start because that is something we have been working on with the players,” he said.

“We would like to start the games at home strong especially.

“We played against a very good team. We could have kept the possession longer in some periods but still I saw the bravery in the way we wanted to build up and the way we wanted to attack.

“Even in the last minutes we were trying to press very high against a very good football team.

“And then of course I am pleased with the togetherness. The connection with the supporters was amazing.”

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