QPR sit in 18th position in the Championship with just one game to go until the season's half-way point.

The club's league position shows little in terms of numerical improvement on this stage last season, but what we have seen is a notable improvement in the team's spirit and direction both on and off the field.

But what have been the highlights and lowlights of the campaign so far? Our reporter Phil Spencer dishes out the awards from the season to date.

Best team performance

QPR 2 Wolves 1 - Saturday 28th October.

It was a game which the Hoops approached with little to no expectation whatsoever,; but boy did they pull out a top display.

The visitors had blown many of the Championship's finest away with their outstanding possession-based game, and the feeling was that QPR would struggle to cope with such fine attacking play.

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The feeling was wrong.

QPR did outstandingly well to disrupt Wolves' natural game, giving them no time on the ball and suffocating their play, allowing the Hoops to capitalise on their mistakes.

Wolves have lost just three times this season, and the Hoops will certainly be pleased to have taken such a huge scalp in a season where they were tipped to struggle.

Worst team performance

Nottingham Forest 4 QPR 0 Saturday 4th November.

In typical QPR style, the club's best performance of the season was followed up just a week later with the worst.

Ian Holloway's side were brimming with confidence going into the clash at the City Ground after recording surprise wins over Wolves and Sheffield United, despite having never won at the Forest Stadium.

However the Hoops were dismantled with ease by Mark Warburton's hit-or-miss team, who's result never looked in doubt after taking the lead after just 13 minutes.

The hosts did look impressive, with Kieran Dowell and Tyler Walker catching the eye, but they were certainly aided by a QPR collapse which immediately wiped away any good feeling from the two results previous.

Best player

Luke Freeman.

Luke Freeman

There were a few contenders for this award, but looking at statistics behind the former Bristol City star's displays shows just how important he has been to QPR this term.

Contributing three goals and eight assists, the Championship's biggest creative force has had a huge impact on QPR's performances, with the side arguably forming an over-reliance on the attacking midfielder to lay on goals for his team-mates.

Based on the first half of the season it's crucial that Freeman can maintain his current run of form, while also being supported by his team-mates in the creative side of the game.

Notable mentions: Massimo Luongo, Josh Scowen and Alex Smithies

Worst player

Yeni Ngbakoto.

Yeni N'Gbakoto

It's been a frustrating campaign for the DR Congo international.

The attacking midfielder clearly has talent, but has struggled to fit into Ian Holloway's system this term, limiting him to just five cameo appearances in the Championship.

Ngbakoto was linked with a move back to France in the summer, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him depart next month, whether it be on loan or permanently.

Surprise package

Jack Robinson

Jack Robinson

While many of us knew of the talent that the former Liverpool man possessed, there was a huge question mark over whether he could keep up with the physical demands of the Championship.

Robinson has had a torrid time with injuries in the past, but has put all of that behind him this term, becoming a virtual ever-present since breaking into the starting XI against Ipswich in September.

The 24-year-old was very much playing for his future at the club this season, and after proving what he's capable of it's vital that the club sign him up to a long-term deal before his contract expires in the summer.

Best goal

Luke Freeman vs Barnsley.

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It was a night which looked set to be a disappointing defeat at Oakwell, but up stepped Freeman.

Picking up the ball on the right flank, Freeman cut inside onto his left foot, took on a defender before hitting a swerving effort past the keeper to secure a draw.

An outstanding strike to get QPR out of jail.

Most improved

Massimo Luongo.

A cheeky looking Massimo Luongo

The midfielder has always shown the quality at his disposal, but the main criticism pointed at the Australian international was his consistency.

The 25-year-old has put any such criticism to bed this term, arguably being one of the Hoops best players since the start of the campaign, and following closely behind Freeman in our best player award shortlist.

With a World Cup place up for grabs next summer, the onus is on Luongo to maintain his current form for the remainder of the campaign.

Verdict

It's been a mixed campaign for the Hoops, but thankfully the displays of certain individuals have kept QPR afloat.

The quality of players such as Luke Freeman, Massimo Luongo and Alex Smithies have got the Hoops out of jail on numerous occasions, while the likes of Josh Scowen and Jack Robinson have also been a welcome boost.

The main criticism has got to be the lack of creativity in the attacking third, with Freeman often being the only creative force in the team.

This is something that needs to be addressed in January if the club are to mount a sustainable push up the table.