The international break is the ideal time to take stock of the season to date, and really analyse how QPR are performing verses expectation.

It's been a rollercoaster season already for the Hoops with a number of highlights, and a few moments to forget for those at Loftus Road, and we're going to take a look at how the campaign has unfolded.

Best moment for QPR

The Hoops impressed in early-season victories over Reading, Hull City and Ipswich Town, but for me, the win over Wolves was a particular highlight.

It had been a turbulent week of the field with the return of the Financial Fair Play verdict, and the arrival of the big-spending league's leaders was enough to make any football fan look on anxiously.

But a spirited display from Ian Holloway's side managed to nullify any threat posed by Wolves, giving them no time on the ball and allowing QPR to suffocate them into defeat.


A much-needed big result at the end of a huge week for the club.

Worst moment

The news of FFP took the headlines but as we're trying to keep the focus on the field you can't look any further than the 4-1 collapse against west London rivals Brentford.

After a promising start to the season, the Hoops went into the clash full of confidence against a Bees team which were far from their best.

QPR simply fell to pieces after Ariel Borysiuk's early own goal, and Brentford were able to run riot, much to the dismay of the home fans in Loftus Road.

A disappointing way to bow out of the cup, and I'm sure the Hoops will be determined to get revenge when they meet a week on monday.

Surprise package

There's a couple of contenders here with Jack Robinson and Alex Baptiste performing consistently to stake their claim for a first team place, but you can't look any further than Josh Scowen.

Signing on a free transfer from Barnsley, a lot of people (including myself) didn't expect the 24-year-old to make even half the impact he has on the team.

For large spells, Scowen has been one of the first names on the team-sheet as he continues to forge an understand with Massimo Luongo and Luke Freeman, establishing himself as one of the signings of the summer.

Biggest disappointment

The inability to follow through on an excellent start to the season.

Not many expected QPR to record the results they did in August, and with a more generous run of fixtures scheduled for September and October, it provided a real opportunity to kick-on and make a real statement on their aspirations for the season.

But draws against Millwall, Burton, Barnsley, Bolton and Sunderland brought the Hoops swiftly back down to earth, when a more ruthless streak in front of goal could have placed QPR much higher up the league.

Best QPR player

You can't look past Massimo Luongo for this one.

Although Josh Scowen and Luke Freeman have excelled at different stages this season, the Australian international has been the model of consistency, both in good performances and bad.

When the opportunity presents itself, Luongo has shown his quality going forward with the ball, but even in matches which have developed into something of a scrap, the 25-year-old has alway led by example and is often the first to enter battle to ensure his team come out on top.

Luongo is a fantastic all-round player, and what he's shown is his ability to be a crucial and consistent performer.

Best opponent

Having seen each of QPR's games so far this season, I can't look past Cardiff City as the strongest opponent.

Sheffield Wednesday, Wolves and Middlesbrough all possessed undoubted quality, but the Hoops were able to stop them playing their natural game while also finding a weakness in the rankd.

Managed by Neil Warnock, the Bluebirds looked organised at the back, and incredibly fast and strong going forward.

Whether Cardiff can last the pace this season remains to be seen, but the clinical nature of their attacking play will ensure they're not far away by the time May rolls around.

Best opposition player

I'm going to cheat and pick two.

First of all, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing of Cardiff City was outstanding during QPR's defeat in the Welsh capital. The winger is incredibly fast and incredibly strong, meaning he was an absolute nightmare for Jake Bidwell.

With zero hesitation, the 25-year-old was unbelievably direct and caused mass panic every time he got on the ball.

My second selection in Kieran Dowell.

The Everton youngster who is on loan at Nottingham Forest looks like a real talent, and a player with a huge future.

Everything which Forest created went through the youngster, and as well as his vision and technical ability, he also possesses a surprising burst of pace which makes him the complete package.

Where will QPR be on New Year's Day?

A difficult question with so many games between now and then, but I'd expect QPR to be firmly in mid-table.

The Hoops have a run of difficult fixtures throughout November and December, but Ian Holloway's side have shown they are more than capable of picking up victories in some challenging fixtures.