QPR’s recent 4-2 triumph over Stoke City marked a significant moment for Martí Cifuentes, who conveyed a brief but impactful message to the club’s supporters following this victory.
Taking the reins of the QPR first-team squad at the end of the previous month, Cifuentes celebrated his inaugural win in a thrilling encounter at Loftus Road on Tuesday night. The win, secured through goals from Lyndon Dykes (twice), an own goal courtesy of Ben Pearson, and a Chris Willock strike, propelled QPR up the Championship table.
With this triumph, QPR now sits just three points away from safety, showcasing a positive turn of events for a team that had only secured two league wins this season prior to Cifuentes’ appointment. The Spaniard’s managerial tenure has seen one win, two draws, and one loss in four games, elevating the club to the 22nd position in the Championship.
Cifuentes, expressing his gratitude on social media, posted a celebratory message capturing the team’s jubilation after the victory over Stoke. Through his personal Twitter account, he wrote, “All together!”—a simple yet resonant acknowledgment of the supporters’ backing during the pivotal clash at Loftus Road.
Having arrived from Swedish side Hammarby IK, where he earned recognition as an exciting and promising manager, Cifuentes faces the challenge of guiding QPR through a tough season. The 41-year-old, in his first English football role, is determined to lift the team out of the relegation zone in the coming weeks.
While QPR narrowly avoided relegation last season, securing a mere six-point buffer, the recent 4-2 win over Stoke injects a sense of encouragement and belief among supporters that survival is achievable this campaign.
Cifuentes’ impactful start to life at QPR, earning five points from the first four games, instills hope for the future. The upcoming month of December, laden with a busy schedule, presents a crucial period for the club. A successful run in the coming weeks could propel QPR out of the relegation zone.
The manager’s commitment to implementing a more attractive style of play has shown progress, garnering support from fans even during challenging periods. As QPR aims for a brighter future under Cifuentes, the 4-2 victory over Stoke serves as a promising indicator of potential success.