Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, two crucial six pointer games played and no points returned. Half time against Villa seems a long, long time ago now. Had the Hoops held on to a victory there, they would have expected victories over relegation rivals Wolves and Blackburn. But instead of nine crucial points, lifting them to the threshold of safety, they have netted just one, and sit on level points with third from bottom Blackburn and just two points above bottom of the table Wigan.
What the hell happened at Ewood Park? How can any side ship three goals in 45 minutes against Blackburn? Well, any team with Ferdinand and Nedam at centre back and with Kenny in goal. I warned that QPR were ignoring defence at their peril when spending the big money on two strikers, and so it is proving sadly. Mind you, questions have to be asked of the offensive players too. The shot count stood at an incredible 25 to 7 in QPR's favour, yet they still contrived to lose the game! 13 of those QPR shots were on target but only 2 goals resulted; Blackburn netted 3 from 5, although I'm not sure if Nedum's goal counts in those shots statistics!
Meanwhile, Fulham's victory has pulled them 9 points clear of Hughes' charges, and the next game against another club he walked out on now becomes absolutely crucial, as is the clash between Wolves and West Brom tomorrow. The Rs must be praying for a draw there, otherwise Wolves will open up a gap or West Brom will pull clear. Three from six are reasonable odds, three from five really is squeaky bum time!
The Hughes honeymoon is well and truly over. He was appointed with a run of winnable games in mind but after a promising start with a narrow defeat at Newcastle and a win over bottom placed Wigan, the wheels have come off horribly. Back in October, I warned that the home draw against Blackburn was a warning that QPR were in for a season long struggle and the gRs growled with a vengeance. No chance with SWP, Barton and Traore, they insisted, and just wait for the January transfer window! Well who was right guys?
Of course, gRs will bemoan their luck and insist that Blackburn were outplayed. But as we discovered under Roeder, it's not always the three weakest teams that go down. And do you know, I reckon that with Warnock in charge, QPR would have won against Wolves and got a result at Blackburn too. Stick with a manager or twist, it's a difficult question. Who knows, even Wigan might make a fight of it now!