The victory saw struggling Reading halt their nine-game winless league run which led to the sacking of Manchester United great Jaap Stam.
Clement, who was a former assistant manager at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, said Aluko’s goal was reward for Reading’s positive start to the game against QPR.
“We started brightly and we fully deserved to go ahead…it was a fantastic goal,” Clement told Reading’s official website.
“After that, the team went a bit negative – I think that’s normal under the circumstances, to try and go safe and go defensive. We had a poor period then and we spoke about those things at half-time.
“And it was a battling performance overall. I was expecting them to put in a shift and they did.
“So we have to say ‘well done’ to the players, for all the effort they put in over the week and their focus on today’s game.
“And we got the three points we needed. With the way that the other results went, it has been a good weekend for us so far.
“But this is just the start. We’ve got seven more games, and every game has got to be at least like that… and maybe even better.”
Reading are now 19th on 39 points in the 24-team Championship table.