Mark Warburton paid tribute to the influence of Jordan Hugill after the loanee scored twice in QPR’s 2-1 victory at Hillsborough on Saturday.

The Rs had fallen behind in the first half after a Steven Fletcher penalty had given Sheffield Wednesday the lead, but Hugill’s heroics spared his side’s blushes and gave his team their second Championship victory in row.

“Jordan will score goals – he will score goals for us because he gets in those good positions,” Warburton said.

“Physically he has a presence for us up top, he takes the ball and shields it well, so I am delighted for him.

“But it is a team game – we attacked with quality from all areas of the park so I am delighted for him, delighted for the team and I am delighted for the supporters.

“We looked dangerous and I thought overall we deserved the victory.”

The Rs’ win continued their promising start to the Championship season, lifting them to eighth in the table and level on points with sixth-placed Fulham.

It had been a difficult week for Warburton’s side, however, following their unexpected EFL Cup defeat on Wednesday to a resurgent Portsmouth.

But Warburton spoke highly of his team’s character and ability to bounce back.

“It was a strong performance from us,” he added.

“We have come to a tough venue like this against a strong opponent and conceded a harsh penalty – questionable to say the least – but produced an excellent response after half-time.

“We looked dangerous on the counter, showed good quality, got the goals early and defended our goal with a real passion against a strong, physical presence so I am delighted for the boys.

“We went in at half-time 1-0 down and we needed to move the ball a bit quicker, be a bit more positive with our decision-making going forward to create chances and we did that.

“They've got good players here and we knew the threat they posed but we dealt with it really well - it was a deserved three points.”

QPR go into the international break in justifiably high spirits, taking on newly-promoted Luton at Loftus Road when they return to action next weekend.

But the Hatters have started their Championship odyssey brightly, beating struggling Huddersfield 2-1 on Saturday in a result that lifted them to 15th in the table.

The game will kick-start an important run of fixtures for Warburton’s side, where they will also make the short trip across London to the New Den before welcoming Slaven Bilic’s West Bromwich Albion to the capital.

And the Rs boss appears confident his newly-assembled squad will be well-equipped to deal with the challenges ahead.

“To bring in 15 new players and for them to bond as they have and take on new ideas like they have speaks volumes for their character and their commitment so I am delighted for them all,” he said.

“We’ve played very well in the last couple of games but got nothing out of it.

“The players know they can come to a place like Hillsborough and score goals so full credit to them – they’ve worked hard on and off the pitch.”