It might have been a 0-0 draw at Elland Road this weekend, but you won’t find many Leeds United fans disputing the fact that QPR were probably the better side throughout the game.
In a game where both sides huffed and puffed to little effect and just a fine Rob Green save, on his 600th appearance, keeping things all square, it’s refreshing to finally see a QPR side that are beginning to find an identity.
Of course, under Ian Holloway you will have a certain way of playing, even before you step on the pitch. He leads sides’ full of character, energy and passion or quite simply, you don’t start games.
And against Leeds United we saw plenty of good things from the Hoops yet again, who are beginning to find some form in the league. You wonder if QPR had appointed Holloway a little earlier whether they’d be mixing with the likes of Leeds in the top-six but this season, it’s not going to happen.
But with a big summer ahead and the chance to trim, chop and invest where he feels most appropriate, Holloway should be able to find a winning formula pretty quickly- we’re seeing signs of that already.
Defensively, they kept Leeds seriously quiet in their forward line, considering the success the likes of Chris Wood have had this campaign. The Whites failed to register a shot on target throughout and QPR were much the livelier team.
The Hoops are playing good football through January addition Matt Smith, who is used to some pretty horrible long-ball stuff. But they’re using the former Fulham man’s height to their advantage and using him to bring the likes of Washington and Freeman into games.
If the fans can really get behind this project and believe in the foundations Holloway is laying down at Loftus Road, it’ll be interesting to see where the Hoops place next season.
With the likes of Newcastle and Brighton expected to be gone next campaign, could we see QPR chasing once again?