Does this explain QPR's dismal defeat to West Ham?

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QPR players covered the least ground of any Premier League side last weekend.

QPR's looked like a team well off the pace during their defeat to West Ham last week.

The Hammers won 2-0, and never really looked in danger of losing the game.

Harry Redknapp's side sit in the relegation zone, with only four points from seven games so far.

Defender Rio Ferdinand sent a tweet out on Thursday, letting supporters know that the players left behind during international week were working hard in training to put matters right.

They should start with their work rate, for Opta data reveals that QPR ran less distance than any other team last weekend.

SkySports report QPR ran 107 km combined as a team, 20th of all 20 teams in action on October 4 and 5.

The top team, Burnley, ran 120 km in total during their 2-2 draw with Leicester City.

That is on average, 1.3 km more per player than QPR's stars, and goes a little way to explaining how they were able to fight back from a losing position to claim a point.

Such ability and determination to dig in until the very last whistle will prove vital in an intense relegation battle, which QPR are likely to be locked into.

The international break provides an opportunity for players to work on their stamina as well as re-assessing their technical approach, and addressing this is a good place to start in putting everything right.

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