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PUBLISHED: 12:16 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:13 24 August 2010

SUNDAY S win over Stoke was a big step forward for us and I feel like we ve matured as a team. It was the first time we ve managed to close out a game convincingly and that gives us great confidence. At half-time we were determined to make sure it wasn t

SUNDAY'S win over Stoke was a big step forward for us and I feel like we've matured as a team.

It was the first time we've managed to close out a game convincingly and that gives us great confidence. At half-time we were determined to make sure it wasn't going to be another Burnley or Crystal Palace.

People said 'if we let this one slip, there's something seriously wrong at this club and more changes need to be made'.

There aren't many players in the team now who have been together for more than about 10 games, but the belief we have is growing and I honestly think that, if there were 20 games left, we would finish in the top six.

On a personal level, it was great to get a run-out against Stoke and I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who cheered me when I came on. It means a lot to me to be a QPR player and I've always said to the gaffer that, when he needs me, I'll be ready.

I was pleased for Ledge, who was the star of the show with two terrific goals. I've known him since our days at Wimbledon and he's a real professional - he was out of the side for a few weeks, but never moaned and just got on with his job.

I know some people felt the red card had a big bearing on the game, but I think we'd have won it anyway. I felt sorry for Andy Griffin - in a way he was a victim of the Eduardo incident - but we didn't need a helping hand.

We always seem to play better against the top sides, so it's important that we show the same respect to the teams we're playing over the next few games.

Having said that, Sheffield Wednesday, Blackpool and Scunthorpe are all winnable games and I think we've got to be looking to take seven or nine points from those.

There's been a lot of talk about a possible takeover at Sheffield Wednesday - not a subject that's completely unfamiliar to us.

Although a takeover is in itself usually positive news, the uncertainty that comes first can be a bit negative and that does affect your football.

Hopefully, if that's the case at Wednesday, it'll benefit us this weekend and we can win at Hillsborough for the first time since promotion.

It'd give everyone a big lift if we could get into the top half of the Championship and hopefully, by Saturday night, that's where we'll be.

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