QPR are still in the mix for a play-off spot in the Championship but they couldn’t manage to snag any points off Bournemouth on Monday.
They had a number of chances to bag a goal but ultimately went 1-0 down after a Dom Solanke effort just before half-time. The club continued to try and push for an equaliser but it was the Cherries who continued to try and increase their lead and, although they couldn’t, the side did bag the three points.
The Hoops and Mark Warburton have now not managed to get any points from their last two fixtures but they are still in the hunt for a top six spot and will be eager to bounce back after the 1-0 against Bournemouth.
To try and get back to winning ways, here are three things we learned about the side after the game.
Seny Dieng is a solid Championship goalkeeper
The 27-year-old player was superb all game for QPR and was arguably their best player on the pitch during the fixture.
He conceded a goal and was on the losing side but he managed five saves all game and despite having an xG conceded of 1.91, he managed to continually push away the Cherries efforts and at least keep the Hoops in the game for the 90 minutes.
Without the keeper in goal, it could have been a fair few more for Scott Parker’s team. Junior Stanislas had an effort that was well saved by the shot-stopper and the Cherries managed several more decent efforts that he managed to palm away.
If Dieng plays this way every week, then he could certainly help win points for his side in the remainder of the campaign.
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QPR need to create more for their striker
QPR barely had an effort on goal that really challenged Mark Travers in the fixture and that could come down to not feeding the ball to forward Lyndon Dykes much.
The Scotland player has eight goal contributions in 16 games, so it’s a fairly good record for a striker. It shows that he is well capable of bagging the goals the Hoops need to try and bag a play-off spot – but against Bournemouth, he only managed two efforts.
In fact, the player had just 30 touches all game – less than any other player on the pitch to have played the full 90 minutes. With Dykes cutting an isolated figure upfront, it means that there was not a lot of chance for QPR to come into the game.
Chris Willock and Ilias Chair are both creative players behind him but they created only one chance between them, while Chair managed several shots but was then subbed off.
If the Hoops can start creating more for their forward players, then they should get back amongst the goals – because Dykes is certainly capable as a striker of bagging the goals they need to win games.
Jimmy Dunne can be a top-level Championship defender
Since his transfer to Loftus Road in the summer, Jimmy Dunne has looked superb at the back for QPR.
After only seven appearances for Burnley, the Turf Moor outfit decided to sell on the 24-year-old – and after his showings for the Hoops, the club are certainly regretting that decision now. He’s managed a goal and assist this season from the back but more importantly is the fact his workrate, vision and tackling has been some of the best at the club.
Against Bournemouth, the player managed two successful tackles – the joint-most on the pitch – and alongside Dieng was superb in defence for the club.
It isn’t the first time he’s put in a solid showing either – and at the rate he is playing in the Championship, he could soon be recognised as one of the best defenders in his position in the league full-stop.