Queens Park Rangers picked up their first win under manager Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink courtesy of a 3-0 win at an out-of-sorts Rotherham United yesterday.
Second half goals from Junior Hoillett, Matty Phillips, and Sebastian Polter secured a much-needed win for the R’s, a result which moves them up to 15th in the Sky Bet Championship table.
Defeat for Neil Redfearn’s Millers, their first at the New York Stadium since the start of December, leaves them outside of bottom three on goal difference.
Here are three things we learned from yesterday’s encounter…
1) Rotherham need to find someone to put the ball in the back of the net consistently
The first half of yesterday’s match saw the Millers dominate and create numerous chances on goal, including when Paul Green hit the post from outside the area in the first period of the game.
But they were unable to take their chances and QPR went on to win the game because they were more clinical in the way they took the opportunities that came their way during the encounter.
Rotherham have been showing positive signs of progression over the past few weeks. Despite this, in order for them to really kick on and attempt to move up the table, a striker must be brought into the club, so they don’t suffer afternoons like this many more times.
2) Paul Green has a big heart
Back on the 7th of November, Rotherham came up against Ipswich Town, which ended in a resounding victory for Ipswich.
In that game, Green made a couple of errors which led to two of Town’s goals. Green received vast criticism from the Millers faithful, meaning he has been sidelined and has not figured hardly since.
Although, over recent weeks, manager Redfearn has begun to slowly integrate the midfielder back into the first team. He has impressed thus far as he has put in a number of steady and impressive performances, and he was arguably Rotherham’s best player yesterday.
Therefore, he deserves a lot of praise. A lot of other players would have given up and walked away from the club, but Green has continued to fight to earn back his first team place.
This shows how strong Green’s character is and he is now a key player for the Millers. If he keeps up his current form, it would help the club a lot in their efforts to maintain their Championship status once again this season.
3) QPR have the ability to to put in a good run of form and move up the table
Prior to yesterday’s encounter, Hasselbaink had struggled since taking over as QPR manager, failing to pick up a win in his first eight league games in charge.
That tally could have easily moved to nine if Rotherham were more clinical in the first half. However, QPR punished their opponents as they really did show their quality during the second half.
The way in which QPR brushed aside their opponents in the second half emphasises that they are misplaced in the league and should be pushing towards the play-offs, not trying to avoid relegation.
If their key players, such as Matt Phillips and Leroy Fer, start to pick up their form, they can easily become a force to be reckoned with in this league, and quickly move up places in the division.
Rotherham and QPR fans… What was your opinion on today’s game? Where do you think your team should look to improve this transfer window? Where do you see your club finishing in May? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!