Any QPR fans who predicted the club picking up seven points from their opening four games is a real optimist, or simply isn't telling the truth.
Here we have the thoughts of Chris Checkley (@TheQPROptimist) who discusses the need to build on a positive start to the campaign.
The approach of winning at home and drawing away is something I’m a firm believer of, partly because it’s a key that unlocks the door to promotion, but also it generally allows a team a starting point to ensuring you become more resilient when playing a tough midweek game up North.
Now I am by no means getting carried away with the hopes and dreams of our team from W12, but what I can say is, I am more than happy with the return in points from our opening four league matches.
All four of our opening matches have been against teams that prior to the season had been touted for promotion back to the Premier League, which speaks volumes of how tough it really was. I think in each of these matches we have been more than competitive and in perhaps one of them, away at Sheffield Wednesday, we deserved a little bit more for our efforts.
The key behind the successes for me has been a starting eleven that has remained unchanged, with manager Ian Holloway replacing players rather than tactics and formations. The noticeable addition of Josh Scowen in the midfield has been more crucial, as not only does he free up Luongo to play his game more, but his determination for 90 minutes has been key to our victories this season.
However let’s not overshadow the depth in our squad today, because without it the last gasp win against relegated Hull City, would not have been possible, in actual fact the changes made midway through the second half won the Hoops the three points.
So where do we go from here and what can we begin to expect for the rest of our season? Can we continue to enjoy more triumphs and general improvements on last season’s finish? For me it starts with one final push against unbeaten Cardiff City, who we know all about for several visible reasons.
If we can grab a point away at the City stadium then it will be another step to knowing what sort of team and season we may be in store for, particularly after the tricky start we were handed.
We can then look forward to September where four of our six matches are at home, including some matches that most would suggest are ‘easier on paper’. We have to be realistic about these fixtures.
The squad need to remember that all teams in this league can provide incredibly tricky tests, but most importantly we don't want to let ourselves down and must continue playing as we already have been.
I think it would be reasonable to say that we can roughly expect to know by the start of October what kind of season we may end up having. I am optimistic and I do feel like we are capable of continuing with how we’ve started, but I will also continue support them as they go, even if we do have the occasional blip in the process.
Continue to be patient and avoid being caught up into the first four matches as a guide on what the team will do this year; there is a long way to go with many twists to be taken, don’t forget the transfer window hasn’t shut just yet.
One thing is for sure, we should be proud of the clubs transition on the field, not only does it feel like a proper QPR team right now, but it hasn’t cost the club millions of pounds.
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