The number 50 is regarded an important one in many things, a milestone in marriage, the very centre of a dartboard, and after an Easter victory over Norwich on Monday, QPR’s point tally for the season. There is a good opportunity to make some money on QPR this weekend, betting on QPR to win with Profit Accumulator given their current form.
Ryan Manning unfortunately put one past his own keeper to give Norwich the lead, before Massimo Luongo equalised on the cusp of half time. Ian Holloway must have said something clever at half time, because his team went on a three goal rampage to run away 4-1 victors.
Goals from Matt Smith, Eberechi Eze and Ryan Manning made it back-to-back home wins after three consecutive away games for the Hoops. Youngster Eze said after the game:
The shape and structure to our game was there for everyone to see, and the 4-1 win was deserved. There was a real confidence and style about our performance.
With our turn up in form of recent months, I have increasingly mentioned the prospect of a mid-table, or dare I say, top half finish for QPR. The win over Norwich closes the gap to the Canaries to just two points, with Leeds and Ipswich on 53 points in 13th and 12th place respectively.
For the first time in a while, I’m actually enjoying watching QPR play. Holloway has got his team playing with genuine class and confidence, but at the same time it frustrates me just as much as a poor run of form would because, why couldn’t we do this earlier and throughout the season?
But optimistic I shall remain, and hopeful too for the next season. Somehow, without spending a single penny all season, Ollie has mustered a relatively safe campaign. But surely he can’t do that twice in a row, and would the fans settle for a repeat season?
I mentioned a few weeks ago that, rather than buying in talent, QPR have chosen to promote and develop talent which in fairness, has been working miracles of late.
Do we need to be the big spending QPR that every knows and mocks? A new horizon has dawned upon Loftus Road, or is certainly dawning, and come the summer time the big challenge will not be whether we can bring in some class players, but whether we can keep the ones we already have.
Luongo is in the running for player of the season at QPR, so too is keeper Alex Smithies. Matt Smith has been in the goals and our youngsters have become important first team players. If we can keep all of them and more, then maybe next season could be ours.