I warned before the game that this was a shit or bust fixture for QPR, and have been advising caution about Warnock's charges supposed "good start" to the season for a couple of weeks now. Rs fans have become GRRR fans each time I have posted, but the 1-1 draw today at home to hopeless Blackburn may just pull them up a bit and make them think.
QPR may still be in tenth position but they have now played four fixtures at home without achieving a single victory; and they haven't exactly been tough games so far. Defeat at home to Bolton and draws against Blackburn, Villa & Newcastle isn't good enough. You don't survive in the Prem if you can't win at home, as we Hammers fans know only too well.
True QPR have won twice on the road - at Wolves and Everton - but the next time they travel, that 6-0 hammering at Fulham will be fresh in their minds; and Tottenham, Stoke, Norwich and Liverpool are no mugs on their own dung heaps. They will all be targeting 3 points against a wounded QPR side who host Chelsea and Man City in their next two home games into the bargain. It could be a very bleak and cold November for Warnock's boys and suddenly the failure to capitalise on a kind fixture list at the start of the season may start to dawn.
As things stand, QPR are just four points off bottom spot, and they haven't played any of the Premiership bully boys yet. Warnock, of course, is proving true to form. If he isn't going to start flair players like Buzsaky and Taarabt against Blackburn at home, when is he going to select them? Blackburn were there for the taking today, second from bottom in the table, led by a lame duck manager and arriving on the back of a 4-0 home thumping. But Warnock packed his team with the familiar journeymen, trusting effort over ability, and deservedly paid the price.
As usual, Big Gob is blaming a defensive error for the failure to collect 3 points but the problem is at the other end. QPR have managed two goals in four home games and if you take out the three scored at Wolves, just three in seven matches. You don't win games if you don't score goals and who in the QPR starting line up today threatens to score a bag full of goals in the Prem? Again, this is something we know about at West Ham; and the news that D J Campbell has broken a metatarsal and is out for 8 weeks aint going to help matters is it?
It's about to get very hot and inflamed down at the Bush. Expect to see Warnock trying to buy Canesten in the January window, if Fernandes hasn't sacked him by then!