Swansea may have got off to a flyer but QPR were left looking like relegation candidates again after losing 5-0 at home on the opening day.
Now I am not saying that after one game that it is all doom and gloom for QPR, but losing 5-0 at home for the opening day is no way to start kick off a new campaign. It can’t have been good for morale and means that their next game away to Norwich is now a must win.
QPR face a tough run in of games after Norwich. Three days after they face Walsall in the League Cup, which I can only assume Mark Hughes is not going to prioritize, as the following three league matches see Mark Hughes men travel to the Etihad to face Premier League champions Manchester City only to host West London rivals Chelsea 2 weeks later and then travel to Tottenham for another London Derby. And I haven’t included the following London derby against West Ham after they face Tottenham in that fixture list. If the worse happens Mark Hughes could be looking at the axe with QPR having played four and lost four.
Against Swansea on Saturday QPR didn’t look to be as organised or as dangerous as their opponents. It is fair to say that with so many players coming in that they may take a little time to gel, and they do boast a decent squad with the likes of Cissé, Johnson and Zamora up front. Ji-Sung Park, Taarabt, SWP, Hoilett in midfield and Ferdinand, Onuoha and Bosingwa in defence with Green in goal. If they can all perform well together I think they will be safe from the drop, but the Premiership is an unexpected beast.
One thing is for sure and that is Mark Hughes won’t be hoping to endure another display like that again this season.