With QPR’s forward march towards promotion now more of a stumble or at least a stutter, it’s time to look with a slightly more critical eye at the team which has been lorded as the best in the Championship for much of the season.
Understandably some of fans are starting to get nervous about promotion, with the league concertinaing and owners who’ve shown no real wish in the past to drastically strengthen the team. To most fans though, strengthening is now vital as well as preferable, with calls that Neil Warnock needs to buy a top striker, a central defender and a left back, with good strength in depth in other areas of the pitch.
There were problems in the team, beyond just facing a really on form opposition like Leeds on their home turf; for once Shaun Derry was looking his age, with players like young Jonny Howson gallivanting around him. Infact throughout the team it looked like a mixture of slow defensive players and attackers who were interested in tackling, apart from Kyle Walker. Not a great combination against Grayson’s Leeds.
While Mackie’s lack of goals in recent weeks has dried up the wins, this wouldn’t matter if the man bought to bring goals to the club, Rob Hulse, were doing a little better than just 2 in 10 matches now. You want to avoid the temptation of looking to players on the bench, but Hogan Ephraim and Heidar Helguson looked brighter after coming on towards the end and even players like Lee Cook could be coming back soon, which would improve the lack of width and offer more crosses from the left for the likes of Helguson or Hulse to head home.
Hoped to have seen Chelsea v Manchester United, but with the bad weather a Leeds v QPR game was still a really big occasion, though unfortunately the score went in their favour. Fulham still just hanging on above the relegation zone thanks to the bad weather, but Mark Hughes has a lot of hard work to do.