After all the early Fernandes inspired bravado, it seems that reality has bitten QPR fans on the arse - and like cocky cockers face to face with a teeth baring rottweiler, the gRs have lost their growl.
To be fair, it's hardly surprising. There was a tremor of excitement in the Bush when Zamora and Cisse were signed, but by the twelfth day of February, it's dawning what exactly the true love Fernandes has given to them. As much as I like him, Zamora's goal scoring record in the top flight of English football isn't great - 39 goals in 172 appearances - and neither is Cisse's - 24 goals in 86 appearances. Average that out and the pair give you 19 goals a season between them if they play in all 38 games - and we already know that isn't going to happen. In truth, they are good rather than great signings and, like Carlton Cole, both need a stack load of chances for every goal they score.
But the big problem, as yesterday showed, is at the back. If Nedam is such a good centre back - which of course he isn't - why the hell was he played at right back yesterday? Credit the Blackburn players for the way they took their three goals, but where was the tight marking? They had so much time to weigh up their shots because QPR defenders were standing yards off them. And that is Blackburn! God help QPR when they play a half decent team if Hughes can't sort that out quickly!
But how can you sort it out when you don't have a leader at the back and your defenders are short of Premiership quality? Ferdinand failed at Sunderland despite the guidance of a specialist defender - Steve Bruce. He is too old now to make the jump needed to become the finished article. The same applies to Nedum. He is a nearly man. Very promising as a kid but he hasn't trained on. But Hall and Gabbidon are no better. Look at the 25 man squad and it is frighteningly heavy with offensive players. There are only 8 specialist defenders to cover 4 positions and TEN forwards to cover two positions. That is mad! So what did Hughes do? He spent his big money on strikers!
Two crucial six pointers have yielded no points. It's true that QPR looked better than their opponents in both games, but its the final result that counts. Anything less than 3 points against Fulham will spell disaster. Everton have hit their straps and will be targeting QPR for 3 points, and then comes another 6 pointer at Bolton. If QPR collect 7 points from those three, they should be fine, if they collect three or less, they will go down.
But the biggest worry is that the QPR fans seem to have given up. Look at the responses on here. My post yesterday features in the top 3 on the QPR News Now board, but where is the bile? Where is the indignation? Where is the fury? The gRs have lost their growl. Poor dears, I picture them lying in their baskets in the kitchen, ears and jowls floppy, with sad, sad eyes, mustering a half hearted whack of the tail each time the wife opens the biscuit tin, before sighing at the prospect of living off of crumbs.
Fernandes has used the R word and so has Beard. Perhaps the club should change its name to Queens Park Reality or Queens Park Resigned or even Queens Park Relegation.