Momentum. It is everything in football. Just ask Allardyce! Not so very long ago, QPR and Wigan had no idea where the next win was coming from. Then Liverpool came along and gave both teams a shot of confidence. Thirteen crazy minutes against Dalglish's Dolts may well have saved QPR's season, whilst a fantastic 90 minutes at Anfield seems to have turned it all around for Martinez's boys.
Wigan's turn around has been truly remarkable. The victory at Anfield, a very unlucky narrow defeat at Chelsea and now a win over Man Utd. The clever money would have been on Wigan to pick up one point at most from those games, instead they have six and should have had seven.
Meanwhile, the Hoops have enjoyed almost as good a run. They had to beat Swansea, and they did. But the victory over Arsenal was something special, and was no fluke. The irony, of course, is that the heroes in recent weeks have been players who helped the club to promotion: Taarabt, Mackie and Buzsaky. Momentum is everything but so is desire. Mackie is a joy to watch. He is not the most gifted player in the world but he really does give it everything and, if QPR survive, it will be, in a large part down to him. Forget Wright-Phillips, Cisse, Zamora, Barton, Nedum and co, it is Mackie who has turned around QPR's season and he deserves huge credit for doing so.
Tottenham are wobbling so Hughes will see that game as a potential three pointer. Stoke are highly beatable in London - even Grant managed that - and even West Brom at the Hawthornes look dodgy. The magic 40 point mark could yet be reached, although 36 will be enough to survive anyway. So win one and draw two and QPR are home and hosed. Or so it seems.
Bolton still have that game in hand, however. If QPR can target a dodgy Spurs, then why not Bolton? If QPR can beat Swansea at home, then why not Bolton? If QPR see West Brom as vulnerable at the Hawthornes, then why shouldn't Bolton beat them at the Rebock? That's nine potential points, before you factor in the game against a very weak Villa. Bolton could yet survive!
And Wigan? Well they have to win at Blackburn, beat Wolves at home on the last day of the season and hope that Newcastle are on an off day when they meet the Magpies. They still look vulnerable to me but I didn't give them a cat in hell's chance against Man Utd last night, so who knows?
And Blackburn? They are gone unless QPR, Bolton and Wigan collapse.