QPR star shrugs off promotion talk after comfortable Barnsley win
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Richard Dunne insists QPR’s players are putting thoughts of the Premier League to the back of their mind despite extending their unbeaten Championship run to 10 games on Saturday.
Harry Redknapp’s side set a new club record for consecutive clean sheets with an eighth shut-out in a row as Charlie Austin’s double completed a 2-0 victory over Barnsley at Loftus Road.
The result kept QPR second in the table behind leaders Burnley as their promotion push gathers momentum – but Dunne said he and his team-mates are keeping their feet firmly on the ground.
“We have done really well all season,” said the Republic of Ireland centre-back, who produced another commanding display alongside Clint Hill. “The keeper has been really great when has been called upon, but as a squad we should be really proud of what we have achieved this season.
“We knew about [the record] but when the game gets going it’s about winning it. It wasn’t until the penalty went in at the end that we concentrated a bit more and it was all about the clean sheet.
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“It was important towards the end, when we knew we had the game won, that we could see it out.
“It would be nice to play in the Premier League but we can’t get carried away with ourselves. This is 10 games into a long season and we can look at the Premier League later.”
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Dunne admitted confidence is flowing through the QPR squad, who have not conceded a goal in the league since the 1-1 draw at Huddersfield on August 10.
“We’re playing the game well, trying to keep possession and we know that if we can do that we will create chances,” added Dunne.
“It was difficult today, they set up well and it looked at times like it wasn’t going to be our day, but in the end we were patient and we got the goal.
“The important thing is not to sit back when we score; we have to pass it and try to go for the second goal.”