Warnock all smiles as QPR push for promotion

Updated: Feb 27, 2011, 10:10 AM IST

London: QPR manager Neil Warnock told his players to keep enjoying their football in order to secure promotion to the Premier League after claiming a comfortable 3-0 win over Middlesbrough.

The west London outfit cruised to victory at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday to restore their five point cushion at the summit of the Championship.

"I`ve told the lads that they should be playing with a smile on their faces because we have the right recipe here now," Warnock said.

"We have the grit to battle when we need to but we have the ability to win games well too. You don`t get many moments in football when it comes together like that."

"We`re not getting carried away because we have a long way to go...but if we can keep getting that consistency and keep getting results in games like this, then we are well on the way."

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers promised his team would try and play their way towards the Premier League after turning in a scintillating display to dispose of Leeds.

The Swans ran out 3-0 winners at the Liberty Stadium after two goals from in-form forward Scott Sinclair and a final strike by Luke Moore.

However, it was the manner of the victory which pleased Rodgers.

"I like winning games but I also want to do it in style," he said. "I`m proud of the players. It was a wonderful performance and great result.”

"It`s three points and it`s what we want from a game. Three points, clean sheet and the fans go home happy."

The Swans remain one point ahead of bitter south Wales rivals Cardiff after City battled to a 2-0 win at Hull thanks to goals from Michael Chopra and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

Norwich moved up to fourth after disposing of Barnsley, Andrew Crofts scoring both goals in a 2-0 win.

Canary’s manager Paul Lambert revealed he had high expectations for his team, and his goal scorer in particular.

"I know exactly what the players have done for me and how far we`ve come since I came to the club," Lambert said. "I`ve got a target in my own mind for the rest of the season.

"Crofts took his goals very well. He`s shown all season that he can score goals from midfield."

Fifth placed Nottingham Forest saw their promotion push dented by a 0-0 draw at Millwall.

At the foot of the table, Crystal Palace inched closer to safety after drawing 3-3 with Reading, but could have claimed all three points after racing into an early 2-0 lead.

Despite throwing away that two-goal advantage and missing a penalty, Eagles` manager Dougie Freedman claimed he was satisfied.

"A point will do," Freedman said. "It`s a point gained on the teams below us but I`m not looking back, I`m looking forward at the teams we can catch."

Sheffield United`s situation looks much bleaker after they lost 1-0 at home to Derby, Theo Robinson claiming the lone goal.

Second-bottom Blades are now six points from safety but manager Micky Adams refused to throw in the towel.

"Everyone will be writing us off and I can understand that," he said. "But we`re not dead and buried yet. Not by a long chalk.”

"I`m absolutely gutted, but everyone could see the boys were trying."

Opposing number Nigel Clough offered consolation to the beleaguered Blades boss.

"United gave everything," Clough said. "We`re all in it as managers. We`ve all been on these types of runs. What they`ve got to do is stick together."