March 30, 2012
Despite a thrilling comeback against Liverpool, Queens Park Rangers slid back into the relegation zone with a disappointing performance at Sunderland last week. With time running out and Arsenal coming to Loftus Road, they'll need to reach deep into the well to avoid another disaster this weekend.
With the deck stacked against them, the question looms - can they survive against such tough odds? Certainly the prognosis is grim, between the stiff opposition from which they must take points in the final run-in, and the combination of poor form and appalling discipline the squad have displayed this season.
The opportunity to escape the danger zone still exists, but QPR desperately need to scratch out some points or they will be playing Championship football next year.
March 22, 2012
QPR overcame a two goal deficit to beat Liverpool Wednesday night, scoring three times in the final thirteen minutes to pull off an improbable comeback.
Jamie Mackie's stoppage time winner capped off an incredible finish that saw the lifeless Hoops regain their fire and the in-control Reds run out of gas in the waning moments of the match. While the squad's defensive weaknesses were on display once again, the spirit of last year's Championship run was sparked by veteran Shaun Derry's late header.
With precious little time remaining to stop their skid, the Hoops thrilling result has breathed new life into their bid to save the season.
March 19, 2012
As Queens Park Rangers plot their escape from the relegation zone, they would do well to remember their Bonfire Night performance against Manchester City.
The R's nearly shocked the league leaders, fighting to a 3-2 defeat that at the time seemed to signal a promising Premier League campaign. Little has gone right for the Hoops since that fateful night, but it should serve as inspiration for what they can do against any club.
With Liverpool visiting Loftus Road this week, here's a useful history lesson.
March 11, 2012
If it weren't for bad luck, QPR would have no luck at all.
In a tight contest at Bolton this weekend, Queens Park Rangers survival hopes took another painful blow as Ivan Klasnic's late winner sealed the last of the "winnable" games in the schedule. Ahead of the brutal run-in campaign, the R's spirited effort was not enough to avoid their fifth defeat in the last seven games More frustrating was the disallowed goal scored by Clint Hill, which was clearly in before being knocked back out of goal by keeper Adam Bogdan.
With the pressure of relegation mounting, QPR put forth a strong case to remain in the Premier League, but once again were unable to overcome defensive lapses that cost them vital points. With an uphill battle against some of the league's best, the R's have precious little time to escape the the drop in the coming months.
March 6, 2012
Queens Park Rangers came within a whisker of three points for the first time in months against Everton, executing a solid game on the strength of a resolute and creative midfield that put the visitors on the back foot for much of the match.
A few unlucky breaks and a groaning whiff in front of net by Akos Buzsaky limited the result to a draw, but the improvements were a welcome relief to the beleaguered supporters who have been waiting for January's big money investments to pay off.
The R's need to build on this performance as they travel to Bolton for a crucial match against the fellow relegation candidates. With the return of Djibril Cisse and Heidar Helguson and the raised level of the midfield, things may finally be looking their way.