August 13, 2012
Queens Park Rangers' 2011/12 campaign was a roller coaster ride from hell, that saw the scrappy West Londoners nearly throw away their promotion success before killing one giant after another to hang on to survival by the slimmest of margins. After a busy summer reloading the squad with Premier League veterans and talented young players, their 2012/13 season will be a far different story.
The up and down year was quintessential QPR; a heartbreaking loss one week followed by a gritty performance the next. The squad's inconsistencies squandered countless chances to secure mid-table safety, and doomed manager Neil Warnock's tenure with the club. Defensive woes and an inability to score goals created problems at both ends, and the team sputtered under new boss Mark Hughes. With relegation nearly upon them and a schedule against some of the league's best clubs, doom seemed a certainty. Against all odds, QPR engineered a series of improbable emotional wins to battle back and escape the drop.