Apr 7 2011 By Yann Tear
THE FINISHING tape is in view - but Tommy Smith insists QPR are doing their utmost not to think about the promotion prize dangling tantalisingly in front of them.
Rangers moved nine points clear of second placed Norwich City after Monday night's 3-0 home win over Sheffield United and 13 ahead of third placed Cardiff and Swansea.
It means three more wins will clinch a Premier League spot.
"As hard as it is, we're trying not to think about that too much," Smith said.
"I think once that gets in your head, you kind of take your foot off the pedals.
"We are just trying to concentrate on winning our games and until we've got that little P against our name, we're just going to keep trying as hard we can.
"It would be nice to get it done as quickly as we can because after our next home game against Derby, we've got a pretty tricky run-in, but we have to be confident with the form we're showing at the moment. We're scoring goals and keeping clean sheets."
Smith says Rangers' ability to get on top early on against the Blades was key to avoiding any anxiety at Loftus Road - that and their cushion of points at the top.
"Getting a good start in games helps," he said. "If you sit back a little bit and let teams get on top of you, then I think that's when the nerves show, but we got a good start and a goal midway through the first half and that really settles you down.
"I don't think we are feeling too nervous. With the gap that we've got, it just takes away a few of the nerves and with Swansea losing on Saturday, that's taken a bit of pressure off between us and third place and we just kind of go out and enjoy it.
"That's something the manager tries to say in each talk before a game - just go out and enjoy it because we're in a great position."