QPR boss Marti Cifuentes was thrilled with how Ilias Chair channelled his frustration at not starting by creating both goals in the 2-0 win over Preston at Deepdale.
Struggling Rangers have now won two in a row for the first time all season, under recently-appointed boss Cifuentes, who feels his side are starting to find their feet.
And it was the half-time introduction of Moroccan international Chair that made the difference at Deepdale, as the midfielder set up Paul Smyth and Chris Willock in the second half.
The manager said: “I spoke to Ilias at half-time and told him we desperately needed fresh legs out there.
“He wasn’t happy that he hadn’t started the game of course, but that’s what I want.
“I want players here who are disappointed to be on the bench.
“He’s got lots of really strong attributes and he was terrific. I felt confident at half-time that he could contribute.
“The identity of the team is really coming on.
“It’s great to be winning, and though it is small steps at this stage of the season, I can see real progress since I came to the job.
“I’m not looking at the league table at the moment.
“It’s far too early for that.
“Maybe in April we’ll look and see where we are, but for now, it’s just about trying to pick up as many points as possible.
“The team is performing well right now, and we don’t necessarily have to be dominant all the time.
“I’m pleased that I can see a clear picture now of how we want to play.
“I’ll be using all the players, and that can be the difference as we move further into the season.”
Preston missed the chance to move back into the top six as they slumped to a third straight loss, despite Ched Evans having the best chance of the opening stages, tamely shooting straight at Asmir Begovic from Mads Frokjaer’s cross.
Duane Holmes also looked lively for Preston, but one of his dangerous crosses was just beyond Will Keane as neither side could find a way through on a bitterly cold evening.
The introduction of Chair proved the difference, his dangerous in-swinging cross poked home from close range by Smyth.
Freddie Woodman then denied the Moroccan a goal of his own, but he ensured they would come away with all three points, crossing for the unmarked Willock to seal the deal three minutes from time, leaving Preston boss Ryan Lowe with plenty to ponder.
He said: “It’s a tough one to take.
“Both teams were a little bit flat I thought, especially in that first half, but we needed to raise our game maybe 10 or 15 per cent, and we just didn’t do that over the course of the rest of the game.
“They raised their game in the second half, and this is what happens.
“Overall we’re all very disappointed, but I’m scratching my head a bit right now.”