Dex targets the top six
PUBLISHED: 12:15 02 January 2008 | UPDATED: 16:08 23 July 2010
By Ben Kosky DEXTER Blackstock says QPR are eyeing up a play-off challenge after beginning the new year with their third win in four games. Blackstock ended his barren run in front of goal with Rangers third on Tuesday to help them beat Leicester 3-1, a
By Ben Kosky
DEXTER Blackstock says QPR are eyeing up a play-off challenge after beginning the new year with their third win in four games.
Blackstock ended his barren run in front of goal with Rangers' third on Tuesday to help them beat Leicester 3-1, a result that leaves them nine points off sixth place in a crowded Championship table.
Although the Rs are still just three points clear of the relegation zone, the former Southampton striker insisted: "Things are looking on the up at QPR.
"We've scored seven goals in two games - the Rangers fans love exciting football and that's what we're going to bring them. If we can beat the likes of Watford at their place, we shouldn't fear anyone.
"Leicester was a massive three points for us because a lot of the teams around us won, but we're not worried about relegation. In the changing room afterwards we're talking about being nine points off the play-offs."
Blackstock's second-half header was the first time he had found the net since a 2-2 draw at Bristol City on the opening day of the season - a run of 14 games without a goal.
But the 21-year-old frontman, who was sidelined by a cartilage operation in October and most of November, never lost confidence of regaining his scoring touch.
He added: "I never worry, even when I'm on a drought like that - all through my career I've scored goals and I don't think there's any reason why it suddenly stopped.
"Even when I haven't been scoring I've been creating goals, winning penalties and doing my best for the team - and it isn't about my personal tally, it's about the team moving forward.
"I've had the knee injury and the sending-off [at Stoke], so it's been a stop-start season, but now I'm starting to find my feet, get my match fitness back and I'm feeling fitter and stronger.
"When I got the goal it almost killed the game - they never looked like they were going to claw three goals back. It's always good to score and win, so long may it continue."
Former QPR boss Ian Holloway appears to have his work cut out at Leicester, who were always second best in the New Year's Day clash.
Adam Bolder stung the palms of Foxes goalkeeper Paul Henderson before Damion Stewart glanced in Akos Buzsaky's corner - his fourth goal in seven games - to give QPR a 15th-minute lead.
They doubled that advantage 11 minutes later as Martin Rowlands released the industrious Rowan Vine and his steepling cross was nodded back by Blackstock for Bolder to head home from close range.
Buzsaky and Blackstock both went close before the interval, but the Rs were indebted to Lee Camp early in the second half as a fingertip save deflected Steve Howard's drive onto the post.
Vine's superb footwork and cross created the third for Blackstock on 55 minutes, but Iain Hume's curling free-kick gave Leicester hope soon afterwards.
The closest the visitors came to breaching QPR's defences again, though, was when Matt Fryatt headed goalwards, only for Camp, incredibly, to block the ball from two yards out.