Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has admitted that he believes that Queens Park Rangers’ ability to compete in the latter stages of games will put them in good stead this season.
The Hoops produced a fantastic comeback in their recent showdown with Preston North End to secure a 3-2 victory over their Championship opponents at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
Jimmy Dunne levelled proceedings before Ilias Chair netted the winner for his side in the second-half of this fixture.
Whilst QPR have suffered defeats in their clashes with West Bromwich Albion, AFC Bournemouth and Bristol City this season, they have yet to be completely outclassed by a team in the Championship.
Set to face Fulham this weekend, the Hoops will be determined to send out a real signal of intent to the rest of the division by delivering an eye-catching performance at Craven Cottage.
Making reference to QPR ahead of their meeting with Fulham, Prutton has praised the club’s ability to deliver the goods in the closing stages of games.
Speaking on the latest episode of the Sky Sports EFL Podcast, the former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder said: “I’ll tell you what else is really pleasing from a QPR point of view is how well they can stay in games.
“How energetic they can be in the very dying embers of a football match especially when there are so many games coming thick and fast in the Championship.
“A cynic would say that maybe starting marginally better over the course of all [of] the games we have seen so far would be a sticking point but if you can finish strongly and create that type of team spirit and never say die attitude it is going to get you a hell of a long way.”
It is hard to disagree with Prutton’s comments as QPR have managed to demonstrate a tremendous amount of character at times this season.
The prime example of the club’s fighting spirit came during their 3-2 victory over Middlesbrough in August as they managed to secure all three points at the Riverside Stadium despite being reduced to ten-men in the 50th minute of this fixture.
Although QPR will need to improve defensively if they are to challenge for a top-six finish this season, it is abundantly clear that they are heading in the right direction under the guidance of manager Mark Warburton.
By producing another impressive performance in their clash with Fulham on Saturday, the Hoops could use the momentum gained from this result to push on in the second-tier in the coming weeks.