Queens Park Rangers drew 0-0 at Swansea City in the Championship last night.
Mark Warburton’s side avoided a sixth-straight defeat on the road last night, with a highly commendable point in South Wales.
The R’s were arguably the better team and had their chances to take the points from a lax-looking Swansea side. Jordan Hugill had a couple of chances, whilst they also fell to the likes of Bright Osayi-Samuel and Ebere Eze, who had one of his better games of late.
Most importantly for QPR was avoiding defeat. They’ve hit some horrid form and keeping a clean sheet was a huge bonus last night, and despite going a third-straight game without scoring, the chances were created, just not converted.
Here we take a look at three things we learned about QPR after last night:
New centre-back partnership?
Last night saw Yoann Barbet make his return from injury. The Frenchman has missed the best part of the season through a nasty muscle injury which he sustained in training back in October, but started the game last night alongside Grant Hall in defence.
Barbet was class. He was everything that QPR fans have wanted from a centre-back for a long time and he definitely exceeded a lot of fans’ expectations last night.
The 26-year-old made some hugely important tackles and interceptions and deserves all of the praise for his team’s clean sheet – he came in for Conor Masterson, but it looks as though the youngster will now play back-up to what could be the new centre-pairing in Barbet and Hall.
Strength in depth
One of QPR’s main criticisms after the January transfer window was that they were too thin on the ground in terms on squad numbers, but having made five changes to the side that lost 2-0 at Huddersfield last weekend, Warburton has proved that he does in fact have reliable players to fall back on.
The likes of Marc Pugh, Ryan Manning, Angel Rangel and Geoff Cameron all returned to the side last night, along with Barbet, and all stood up to be counted on what was a cold, wintry Welsh evening
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Pugh was excellent and deservedly picked up the Man of the Match award, and Rangel was superb on returning to the club he played nearly 400 times for.
QPR have scored as many goals as Leeds United this season, and one more than Brentford. But they haven’t scored in their last three outings now.
Warburton had instilled a distinct, attacking threat into this side but in the four game since Nahki Wells’ departure, QPR have scored just once.
Jordan Hugill has a huge task on his hands in this second-half of the season and he needs to step up to the plate – he had his chances to score last night but couldn’t find what might’ve been the winning goal.