Ipswich Town dropped out of the Sky Bet Championship play-off places yesterday after conceding late to lose 1-0 at Queens Park Rangers.
Matt Phillips netted an 88th minute winner as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side claimed all three points in a well deserved victory, at the same time recording his first home win in charge of the club.
Ipswich may have had the majority of possession but failed to turn that into anything meaningful. It wasn’t until the second period that the visitors managed to get their first shot on target.
The home side sealed all three points two minutes from time when Phillips headed home at the back post.
The Tractor Boys toiled away but they never really looked like troubling the home side, with only two meaningful chances that Freddie Sears failed to take.
Ipswich drop out of the top six, while QPR remain 13th in the Championship table.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies three things that we learned from yesterday’s encounter…
1) More home wins will follow
Hasselbaink waited for two months to pick up his first win at Loftus Road and on this evidence they will be a force at Loftus Road from now on.
Queens Park Rangers were superb yesterday and with better finishing they would have won by a bigger margin. Nevertheless, they out-played a team that is in the play-off hunt.
With more displays like this, they have an outside chance at reaching the top six themselves. QPR are 13th, 11 points behind Sheffield Wednesday in sixth place.
It’s a tall order, but there’s normally one team which makes a late run. That team could well be QPR.
2) Ipswich need to find some consistency
Mick McCarthy’s side have lost their last two away matches, and have only picked up two wins in the last six games – not a great start to 2016.
Ipswich have been in and out of the top six over recent weeks as teams around them are putting together results. They dropped back out of the top six after the defeat to QPR, with Wednesday now two points ahead of them in sixth after their win at Birmingham City.
The Tractor Boys keep dropping points and, unless then can put a run together, they may find themselves out of contention come May for the play-off places.
3) Conor Washington was good business
New signing Conor Washington has taken no time adapting to the Championship after making the switch from League One Peterborough United during the January transfer window.
Q.P.R paid £2 million for the 23-year-old who scored 15 goals in League One.
Even if Rangers do not close the gap this season, next term with Washington fully acclimatised to the Championship, they will have an outstanding player on their books.
QPR and Ipswich fans… Where will your side finish this season? Can QPR put a run together to make a challenge for the top six? Did Ipswich miss a trick by not recruiting enough talent during the transfer window? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!