I think when they release the season review on DVD in June or July, you might as well just title it ‘QPR 2019-20, The Broken Record Season’.
Because although we may not have broken any official records, apart from maybe goals scored against Welsh teams in a single season), that very much seems to be the motto that has hung around the team. At least it has for the past couple of weeks.
And when even boss Mark Warburton is acknowledging it, then you know it’s a serious problem. QPR head to Swansea tonight hoping to get back on track having lost the last four games in all competitions, and once again the QPR boss finds himself talking about his side’s lack of ability in front of goal:
“Up until the first goal recently, there has been one team in control and we have to start putting the ball into the back of the net. That’s the broken record part – we know we are getting into good areas but we have to show more quality with our final attempt on goal. We are not testing the goalkeeper as much as we should be. We need to show more guile and the cunningness in those tight areas.”
So what Warburton is essentially saying here is that we are struggling to start games off on the front foot and that once we concede the first goal, then it’s pretty much game over at that point.
Which then leaves us with two options. We either put more emphasis on the forwards putting the ball in the back of the net, or we tighten up the defence to make sure that we aren’t conceding it, which goes back to what Warburton said a few weeks ago about individual errors, and my subsequent response to it.
What do QPR need to fix more?
Just solve one of these problems and then the other one is going to improve as a result. Quite frankly, I’m not concerned with which one gets fixed first, just fix one of them.