Queens Park Rangers assistant manager Tim Flowers believes they have started the season better than he expected.
Rangers are fifth in the Championship despite Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Derby.
Flowers told BBC London 94.9: "It's a decent start. If we had been offered this we'd have taken it. But we're not mugs, we know there's a long way to go.
"This season's a marathon. It's a cruel season in the Championship. It's game after game and it stretches you to the limits but we've got a decent squad."
And the R's assistant says it is important to turn their attention to Tuesday night's match against Blackpool rather than dwell on defeat.
"We'll make sure they come out of the blocks a bit quicker.
"But I think we're moving in the right direction. We're trying to play football that people appreciate. This club hasn't had a cup run for a long period of time. Let's make no mistake we are certainly moving in the right direction."
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