You have to admire the Welsh and Norfolk minnows. Norwich's result at West Brom was impressive but Swansea's victory over Arsenal, after going a goal behind, was nothing short of fantastic. Who, outside of Wales, would have had money on the Swans beating the Gunners after giving them a goal start? The Game really is going crazy!
Glance at the table now and it is becoming increasingly difficult to see how either of the unfancied new boys can go down. Delia's dishes only need to find 10 more points to survive, and Swansea only need another 12. Meanwhile, last season's Champions of the Championship find themselves in the bottom three and deep in shit despite Fernandes' big talk about a new stadium, new players and a new training ground.
Talk big and you talk bollocks. When you are new to the Prem, the sensible thing to do is to avoid the limelight, to talk up the opposition and talk down your own chances publicly, whilst privately making your own players feel ten feet tall. QPR have done the opposite. Why fight for the club if the club is suggesting you are not really wanted and will be replaced at the first opportunity? Warnock would have done it differently, he would have developed a siege mentality, a David against the Goliaths ethos, but Fernandes wanted to play Billy Big Bollocks, just like Eggert did at West Ham, and so prickled the opposition, whilst leaving his own players looking over their shoulders anxiously.
Imagine how the heroes of last season felt when Barton and Wright-Phillips walked in on five times their salary. How can you foster a sense of team spirit when the newbies can buy a Porsche every week if they want to, whilst those who have battled to get the club into the Prem still operate on Championship wages and a bit?
To be fair, QPR were unlucky today, hitting the post twice before Newcastle scored but the Hughes bubble has been pricked already. Fail to beat Wigan and the bubble will be burst well and truly!
Relegation is now down to three from five in my opinion, although there is usually a team whose form collapses in the final third of the season. The trouble is, QPR are in a terrible trough of form, and they face a nightmare run of fixtures at the very time when relegation is decided. Even if there is money to spend, who will want to join the Hoops whilst they are in the bottom three?
Norwich and Swansea have been so much smarter than QPR - and whilst their fans have recognised the battle involved in staying in the Prem, the Cocky Rs have boasted for far too long about money bags Mittal and megamouth Fernandes.
Talk is cheap guys. As Norwich and Swansea are proving, in the Premiership, it's points that count!