After Tottenham defeat, is it a case of Queens Park Relegated?

Inside Loftus Road

With a quarter of the season still to play, the Rs are in serious trouble - with few signs of improvement.

A narrow home loss to a Harry Kane-inspired Tottenham is hardly the end of the world - but, for ailing QPR, it summed up everything that is going wrong for the Rs this season.

It marked their third 2-1 defeat on the bounce, following a heartening away win at relegation rivals Sunderland.

The feel-good factor from that venture north was short-lived, itself coming as respite for the West London club, who had picked up just two points in seven weeks prior to their first away points of the season.

That was Chris Ramsey's first match in charge of Rangers, and offered hope of improvements from Harry Redknapp's reign.

But, in the defeats suffered since, there has been less of a sense of that, as they slide into the relegation zone.

In fact, they might have sunk lower, if it wasn't for Leicester and Burnley's inability to pick up points - in the last month, the bottom two have accumulated just a point apiece.

Pundits and statisticians alike have been pointing to QPR's strength at home as their best bet for survival. And they have a point - all bar three of their points have been picked up at Loftus Road.

But Rangers have lost their last five home games on the bounce, the magic dust appearing to lose its potency.

Likewise, Charlie Austin's Superman act is losing momentum, as he finally struggles under the burden.

His return of three goals in 10 games this calendar year is far from terrible, but isn't enough to compensate for his side's numerous issues.

Namely, conceding more goals than any other top flight side both home and away, while recording the second-lowest scoring tally on their travels - beating only Aston Villa.

On the plus side, QPR are the top scorers in the bottom six and have won more home games than their relegation fight rivals.

However, just four of their last 10 matches are at Loftus Park, and one of those visitors is table-topping Chelsea.

Tony Fernandes must be running out of bright sides to look at, and failing to win at least one of their next three games - against Crystal Palace, Everton, and West Brom - will surely leave his side doomed.

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