QPR face a daunting task this afternoon as they travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers and look to record a rare away win.
The R’s have seriously struggled on the road this season, collecting just 11 points from 15 games, meaning they have the fourth worst away record in the league.
In contrast, they are very strong at Loftus Road where they have 25 points from 15 games and Ian Holloway is going to have to analyse why that form can’t be replicated on their travels.
One factor that can’t be ignored is the ground. Loftus Road is a tight pitch with the fans right on top of the players and that can be intimidating to opponents and the referee.
However, it’s too simplistic to say that is the only reason for their struggles away from home.
Holloway’s men have failed to find the net in seven of their 15 games and have managed to keep just one clean sheet which indicates the balance is very wrong in how they approach games.
That follows on from just three wins on the road last season after Holloway took over in November 2016.
In fairness to the ex-Blackpool boss, he is working on a very tight budget and FFP restrictions meant he was unable to strengthen his squad in January and instead had to focus on shifting the bigger earners.
It also shouldn’t detract from the job he is doing on the whole with the Londoners in what is very difficult circumstances, however the away form is clearly a massive problem.
Whether it’s a change in personnel or different tactics, it’s clear that something needs to change on the road for QPR otherwise they will constantly be struggling near the foot of the table.
Thoughts, QPR fans? What do you put your poor away form down to? Can anything be done? Let us know in the comments below.
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