READING boss Nigel Adkins declared that momentum is with his side in the Championship promotion race following their 3-1 win at fellow high-fliers QPR.
The Royals were excellent at Loftus Road, where they played out the final 18 minutes with 10 men after former R's defender Kaspars Gorkss was sent off. Danny Williams put them ahead early on and, after Kevin Doyle equalised against his old club to draw QPR level, two goals in as many minutes early in the second half gave Reading the points.
Alex Pearce headed home from a corner before Garath McCleary's stunning strike from 25 yards.
"It was a great goal – a fantastic goal to win any game," said Adkins, who was also full of praise for his side after seeing them pick up a fifth win in their last seven games to turn up the pressure on the top five in the Championship.
"Credit to the players. We showed great character to see the game out after the sending off and defended very well.
"It's seven games on the spin now that we've been able to stick with the same team. We started the season well but were without players for spells and that was a challenge.
"We've got a really good formation about ourselves, great spirit among the players and can score goals – as we demonstrated.
"We've got momentum with us, which is important, and everyone is working really hard for each other."
Adkins indicated that he may consider appealing against the straight red card Gorkss was given for a challenge on Junior Hoilett.
He said: "My initial reaction was that it was an unnecessary challenge but I've just seen video footage and it probably looks a bit controversial.
"I'm going to have to reflect on it. I've seen it once very quickly and need time to analyse it because the last thing you want to do is put in a fruitless appeal."
QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond bemoaned his side's poor defending after they missed the chance to close the gap on second-placed Burnley.
"We should certainly have done something about the first two goals and for the third maybe we stood off him a bit," he said.