Queens Park Rangers suffered another bout of travel sickness on Saturday as they slipped to a disappointing 2-1 defeat away at Burnley.
That setback at Turf Moor has sent Harry Redknapp’s side tumbling back into the Premier League relegation zone, with the Clarets climbing out at their expense.
Dropping points against fellow strugglers could prove costly come the end of the season, with everyone at Loftus Road aware of the need to improve on the road.
QPR have now lost 10 straight away from home – giving them an unwanted top-flight record.
Top marksman Charlie Austin, who netted his 13th goal of the season at Burnley, admits performances are ‘not good enough’ but believes home form can keep the capital outfit on course to secure survival, with Manchester United the next visitors to west London.
He told QPR’s official website: “You can’t get away from it, our away form needs to improve – rapidly. We’ve been poor on the road. We need to break our duck as soon as possible.
“We’ll continue to work as hard as we can to put things right, but it’s errors that are costing us now. The two goals we conceded were poor. That has to stop.
“We have to keep our home form going – whoever we play, Loftus Road is a tough place to come. As I said, our away form is poor and we need to continue to try and pick up three points at home every week, starting against Manchester United on Saturday.”
The problem facing QPR next weekend is that their record against the Red Devils makes for dismal reading.
They have never beaten United in Premier League competition and have come unstuck in the last five meetings between the two sides – including a 4-0 reversal in September 2014.
In total, they have taken just two points from 13 league meetings since 1992/93, with defeats also suffered in League and FA Cup competition down the years.