QPR are in danger of falling away from the promotion race because of their dismal away form.
Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday was Rangers' latest setback and once again their inability to score away from home -
they have not managed a single goal in seven matches since the September win at Norwich - proved costly.
Rangers have scored just twice on the road this season and were beaten by a 75thminute winner from Leon Clarke after Martin Rowlands (right) had missed a first half penalty.
Defender Damien Delaney admitted: "We're struggling to score away from home, never mind win, and we know that has to change. It's been very disappointing."
Heidar Helguson and Patrick Agyemang missed chances for Rangers but their best opportunity came when a penalty was awarded after Helguson was fouled in the area by Sean McAllister.
Rowlands' spot-kick was saved by keeper Lee Grant and Rangers were made to rue that miss when Clarke netted for the Owls against the run of play.
Delaney at least has the consolation of having held onto his place despite the recent signing of left-back Gary Borrowdale.
The writing seemed on the wall for Delaney when his below-par displays resulted in an out-ofposition Matt Connolly being selected ahead of him at leftback.
But he has since reclaimed his place in the side and insists he is unperturbed by Borrowdale's arrival.
"It doesn't really bother me, to be honest," said Delaney.
"If you look at it, left-back is probably the only position we didn't have cover for. For every other position on the pitch, we had two or three players.
"I knew we were going to get a left-back in. With my disciplinary record, I do pick up suspensions and with my loss of form, Matt Connolly played left-back.
"I knew someone was going to be signed. It's just a case of me knuckling down now and keeping my place in the team."
And Delaney believes the appointment of Paulo Sousa as coach has helped improve his performances.
"His [Sousa's] approach has been to say 'as my left-back, this is what I want from you,'" Delaney said.
"It's a bit more defensive, but what he has done for me is defined my role. With Iain Dowie it was more of a free reign, but the new man has given everyone their role for the team and you can see everyone carrying it out to a tee.
"It's fair to say I've not been at my best this season. It was a long season and then I played for Ireland in the summer and also returned to pre-season training early, so maybe there was a bit a fatigue there.
"Hopefully now with the new manager coming in, me and the team can both kick-on from here.
"We've been solid as a unit and that was the case when Fitz Hall and Matt Connolly played too. The midfield has been solid too and having Gavin Mahon there has been good for us.
"But we need to improve our away results. We'll go to Plymouth on Saturday looking for that win and we know if we're going to challenge for promotion then our away form really has to get better."
Match Summary SHEFF WED (0) 1 QPR (0) 0 Line-up: Cerny; Ramage, Gorkss, Stewart, Delaney (Hall 88); Ephraim (Cook 55), Mahon (Di Carmine 79), Leigertwood; Rowlands; Helguson, Agyemang. Subs not used: Cole, Tommasi.
Attendance: 14,792 GOALS: Clarke (75)
MoM: Kaspars Gorkss
Home Park Saturday 3pm Championship
Manager: Paul Sturrock Position last season: 10th Form Guide: Home form has been modest this year for mid-table Argyle, with fewer wins (four) than defeats following a midweek 1-0 defeat by Birmingham City. They only lost five at home in the whole of last season. The wins came against Notts Forest (1-0),Sheff Wednesday (4-0),Preston (1-0) and Cardiff (2-1). They have been beaten by Swansea (0-1),Norwich (1-2),Ipswich (1-3) and Blackpool (1-2).
Players to look out for: Belgian striker Emile Mpenza adds some exotic flavour. The former Man City player has previously played for Standard Liege,Schalke and Hamburg. Former QPR players Chris Barker and Simon Walton are on the books.
Most recent meetings: Plymouth 2-1 QPR (26 Dec 2007); QPR 0-2 Plymouth (16 Sep 2007) - Championship.
Head-to-head record: PA Wins: 24 QPR Wins: 17 Draws: 4 [25a0] Match Facts: Rangers have not beaten the Pilgrims in the last seven clashes. The last win came at Loftus Road in September 2004, when Paul Furlong (twice) and Kevin Gallen netted in a 3-2 win. The Hoops have lost on four of the past five visits and the last success at Home Park came in January 2003, when Richard Pacquette netted the only goal of the game. That was one of only five wins ever recorded by the Rs at Plymouth.
Forecast: The tide must surely turn eventually for Rangers on their travels and we predict a goal and at least a point this time.
Gazette forecast success rate: 13 correct out of 26 (50%)