QPR suffered defeat for the first time in a month at Hillsborough. Co-incidentally the last time was in Yorkshire too - and by the same one-goal margin to Huddersfield.

So what comes out of the need to rebuild for the derby clash with Brentford on Friday night?

QPR need Plan B

Rangers started solid enough and were equal to the hosts until the 40th minute goal from Gary Hooper.

Then they ran out of ideas.

The defensive midfield set-up of Luongo and Borysuik was unchanged until the 80th minute, and by then Wednesday had sussed them out.

The attack found Sylla barren this time, and Conor Washington (more of him later) appeared isolated, but still they ploughed the same limited furrow with the same limited results.

After the Sheffield goal, there were was one good chance to get an equaliser, Nedum Onuoha’s from a corner - and that's not enough.

Close! Nedum Onuoha fires goalwards

Niko Hamalainen

A Championship debut start for the 19-year-old - and wouldn’t you know it? The Finn was up against Scotland international Barry Bannan - a tough as it gets for a seasoned left-back, never mind an apprentice.

The youngster got a booking for his pains in added time, and he did OK. But he needs games if he’s to get up to the pace of the division as well as Championship savvy that only comes with experience.

Sunderland's Jason Denayer (left) and Queens Park Rangers Nicholas Hamalainen battle for the ball
Championship start: Niko Hamalainen (R)

Conor Washington chases ‘crisp packets’

It’s not our opinion but that of former Fulham and Rotherham striker Rob Scott commenting for BBC.

Scott thought Rs striker would be better served biding his time and running in behind defences, rather than chasing every lost cause almost certainly demanded by his gaffer who in all fairness, has forged a fitter leaner fighting machine.

Even so, a cannier Washington might produce more goals.

The need for a new ground

In modern terms, QPR are much the same as Sheffield Wednesday.

A biggish side in a region that competes with a lot of others, and with a great history, albeit one that has failed to produce a trophy in 25 years as well as a yo-yo existence from third to first tier.

Sound familiar?

But there were nearly 26,000 at the game.

That’s 8,000 more than Rangers could muster even if they crammed every partial view seat at Loftus Road. It brings into sharp relief the limitations of life in W12.

Up he rises: Massimo Luongo challenges Kieran Lee

'The Achilles Heel'

Goals of course, and easier said than fixed. Former Ranger Bradley Allen's quote, above, by the way.

Only twice in 24 Championship matches have Rangers scored more than twice. Maybe it bodes well that one of those was against Friday’s visitors Brentford back at the beginning of March.

But if the lone striker is the way forward, somehow Rangers need to make more of set pieces and support play.

Of those 24, only six have seen ‘nil’ opposite Rs name on the scoreline, but putting sides to the sword on their day seems beyond them.

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