Making up for lost time.
That seemed to be the message that QPR boss Mark Warburton wanted to get out ahead of tonight’s West London Derby.
Speaking before the game with Fulham, as quoted by The Kilburn Times, Warburton spoke about the bad run of form the club have been on, and that given how quickly things can change in the Championship, because of how competitive it is, it can often lead to a lot of misleading comments from outsiders.
“I said to the players before the game (against Middlesbrough), one point out of nine looks like a poor run of form and then we get the feedback from two very, very harsh decisions in the Reading and Brentford games which adds on three or four points to their total. There’s no lack of ambition or desire but the frustrating thing for me is that one minute you’re the pundits’ favourite for relegation and now it’s ‘why are you not in the play-off places?”
To which I simply respond to that by saying that his words now put the onus on both him and the team to try and get those points back. Whilst it may be the case that the club have been going through a bit of a ‘rough patch’ as it were, that shouldn’t necessarily hold the club back when it comes to looking forward to the rest of the season.
The fact that he’s saying that the club are basically three or four points off where they ‘should’ be in the table essentially means that he thinks the club deserves to be higher, now it’s time for him to prove that he can take the club there. As I wrote about yesterday, QPR are about to go through a rather difficult part in the season and every point is going to be crucial if the club are to stay near the top of the table, and he has basically just piled on a lot more pressure to deliver results, especially seeing as he then talks about the ambition at the club, because now he’s essentially got to go and match it.
The only saving grace is that he is playing with house money somewhat. With QPR predicted to be near the bottom of the league at the end of this campaign, he’s exceeding the expectations of those outside the club, and if the club falls short this year, he’s set the foundations for next season.
Where will QPR finish this season?
But at the same time, if you leave too many points on the table, then you’re going to end up thinking about what might have been.