In a season of ups and downs for Queens Park Rangers, few results will perhaps sum the campaign up as well as a goalless draw against a lacklustre Stoke side playing with ten men for 82 minutes.
It has been a season that has shown promise for the Loftus Road side, but after they themselves ended the game a man light after Grant Hall was shown a second yellow three minutes from time, this result will likely go down as frustrating rather than disastrous.
Given that the season started with four straight defeats, including a 7-1 thumping at West Brom, this campaign seemed as though it was going to be so much worse than it has for Steve McClaren’s side.
It could also however, have been so much better.
After those opening four defeats, Rangers recovered to climb to within a point and a position of the play-offs just eleven games later.
But while the London based side looked for so long to be in contention for a top six spot, the wins have once again dried up, with just one victory in the last ten leaving Rangers twelve points adrift of the top six.
What is perhaps most frustrating is that that single win in that barren, came just three games ago at home to title chasing Leeds.
With the way fixtures fell subsequently, a heavy defeat at local rivals Brentford followed by that shutout against Stoke appear to have put paid to any hopes of a resurgence in those play-off chances in games that could have seen Rangers climb back up the table had results gone their way.
A ten point gap to the relegation places mean that Loftus Road should host Championship football again next season, and after that aforementioned start to the season, you feel many Hoops fans would have taken that, though the way results across the season have gone, there may well be a sense of “what could have been?” for QPR, particularly because in the Championship, form in one season, is no guarantee of form in the next.