QPR boss Chris Ramsey summed up the 5-1 defeat by Leicester as like someone trying to knit with fog.
He tried to be kind to a squad who once again under performed to register a record 24th defeat of the season in the Premier League.
But it was clear the players the coach inherited from Harry Redknapp were never going to be good enough to escape the drop.
“The players who turned out today gave what they had and they've been doing it all season but quality in the end tells, doesn't it?” was a stark admission of the task ahead of Ramsey.
More than 1,500 fans travelled to see the last rites and the last of a squad that now demands coach and co perform a rebuild pretty much from top to bottom.
He added: “We already know that the club is going to be in a rebuilding phase, and it is important that people are patient with what we're going to do and the long term plan for the club so that we are on a stable footing for a long time to come.
“When you think about Leicester and the players they've got and and the depth in their squad we need to look at that as well.”
Rangers were losing 2-0 when youngster Reece Grego-Cox missed a gilt-edged chance to halve the deficit.
The Hammersmith teenager is one for the future, but the gaff was typical of Hoops' malaise in a dreadful campaign, according to Ramsey.
He explained: “The reason why we are in this situation is because sometimes we do some good things and sometimes we undo it with things like lack of concentration.
“Today, we had an opportunity at 2-0 to make it 2-1 and we don't take the chance and within a couple of minutes it's 3-0 and the game has run away from you. That’s the story of where we've been this season.”
Ramsey believes that Charlie Austin’s 18th goal of the season, the one consolation for the faithful, is almost certainly his last for the club.
“I would imagine that anyone who is scoring those goals and he is going to the England camp would not be looking elsewhere,” the coach said.