Before the season began, a look at QPR’s squad and summer signings suggested survival should be their minimum priority. A comfortable bottom-half or mid-table finish would have been more of a target – on paper, at least.
The R’s horrific start to the Premier League season, however, would have forced many fans to re-assess their ambitions for the campaign.
But things are looking up for Harry Redknapp’s side over the coming weeks, with their recent form showing QPR can match the best in their division when they put the requisite work in.
And the west London side’s next five fixtures certainly present them with plenty of opportunity for points. First up are Newcastle away: a tricky fixture against an in-form side – but QPR ran Chelsea close at Stamford Bridge so anything is possible.
After their trip to Tyneside, Redknapp’s men take on Leicester City at home – and that’s where the R’s really can take all three points. The same came be said for when Burnley visit a bouncing Loftus Road two games later.
In between those two fixtures is a tough trip to Swansea – but QPR’s next away game after that is at Everton, where Swansea themselves showed that a resilient side can come away with a result.
As for the longer term, the R’s’ form over their last six games would see them sit 17th, outside the relegation zone. And there is no reason that, if that kind of form maintains, Redknapp and his squad can’t achieve survival this term.
A terrible start may have rendered anything more somewhat unrealistic at the moment – but QPR should be out of the danger zone in five games’ time, with there being no excuses as to why they can’t then stay there for the rest of the season.
Next 5 games:
Ultimate outcome: Survival