The huge factor that'll always affect supporter mood at Leeds and QPR

Both sides sit in the bottom half of the Championship table but are relatively safe. Will that, however, ever be enough at Leeds or Queens Park Rangers?

Leeds United are on a seven-game unbeaten run in the Championship, while QPR should have plenty to look forward to under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Yet supporter mood at both clubs is far from buzzing.

That certainly has something to do with Leeds putting in a poor display against MK Dons and Hasselbaink's appointment not yet improving QPR's recent form.

Both sides sit in the bottom half of the table and it's hard for fans to get excited about something like that - especially for the R's, who were a Premier League side last season.

Relegation, though, seems far off for both. Despite faults with the owners, the current managers in charge of both sides look far too capable to see their teams descend into a relegation scrap. At the same time, the play-offs certainly aren't unreachable.

A huge factor that will always affect both clubs, however, is history.

Leeds United fans obviously know that more than most. Multiple league winners in the past and Champions League semi-finalists since the turn of the century, the 30,000 or so that regularly frequent Elland Road want more than second-tier football for the rest of their lives.

But, at QPR, too, there's more discontent than usual whenever the west London side put in a poor performance. Even a win that isn't borne out of attacking football brings disappointment.

The R's faithful also have their heroes: Stan Bowles, Rodney Marsh and more.

That's why, if Leeds and QPR supporters were guaranteed Championship safety until next season, neither would be fully satisfied. The formbooks suggest a mid-table or top-half finish would be just about right for both - but fans of these clubs will always want more.

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