What a difference a game makes




Nick Skoric

By Nick Skoric

What a difference a game makes. One and a half little hours.

QPR are now nine points clear of the relegation zone after their 3-1 win over Burton Albion.

It was the R’s second consecutive win in the league and cemented a positive start to 2018. Bar the embarrassingly traditional third round exit in the FA Cup at this time of year.

However, the loss at home to Middlesbrough last weekend brought back the harsh realities of the tumultuous Championship.

Ian Holloway will be relieved that his attacking headaches seem to be over. So, you can put away the aspirins for now, Ian.

The revitalised Conor Washington scored on his return to the starting line-up last Saturday and youngster Aramide Oteh opened his account on his QPR debut in the same game.

Just like Paul Smyth who netted on his debut against Cardiff City a few weeks earlier.

The question now is who is going to start up front against Bristol City this Saturday?

Holloway is spoilt for choice with the big man Matt Smith and Idrissa Sylla also available.

Meanwhile, the defensive problems also seem to be abating as James Perch creeps back to full-match fitness and Darnell Furlong’s assured display at the Pirelli Stadium last weekend means QPR’s defender-less defence is steadily regrouping.

On the January transfer window front, the exiteers continue to leave Loftus Road as Reece Grego-Cox and Michael Petrasso terminated their contracts by mutual consent and are now free agents.

The only possible signing at the moment could be Niko Muir who is currently having a trial with the club after scoring 30 goals for Hendon this season.

He is certainly not Alexis Sanchez but then again even Oldham Athletic have come to accept that they are out of the race to sign the Arsenal star. Check out their tweet.

Grow up Ryan!

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