Three things we learned from QPR's opening game

QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

With QPR opening their Championship campaign against Leeds in London, what did we learn from their 3-0 victory.

 

QPR manager Jimmy Floyd HasselbainkQPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Queens Park Rangers got their Championship season off to an impressive start against Leeds, earning themselves a 3-0 victory. Now that the dust has settled on their first win, what did we learn about the London side?

Rob Green’s QPR exit was at the right time for the London club

Robert Green had been a faithful servant at QPR for four seasons, where he picked up over 120 appearances for Rangers. However, mistakes were starting to creep into the 36-year-old's game long before he left London. In particular, Green will forever be remembered for his blunder against the USA in the 2010 World Cup that handed the Americans an equalising goal. It is unfair that his entire career should be judged on one mistake, even if it was incredibly high profile, but that is the life of a goalkeeper.

Leeds United's Robert Green

                                                            Leeds United's Robert Green

Green’s exit from London was not a premature one from Rangers’ point of view as the former England goalkeeper flapped at a cross back in the box that led to the first goal. In his defence, there were a lot of bodies between him and the ball, however, he was unable to deal with the cross and pushed it back towards goal. The goalkeeper was saved total humiliation by Nedum Onuoha taking up the right place at the right time, nodding home from less than a yard out. While Green did redeem himself in part with two smart saves in the later in the game, the damage had already been done within four minutes.

A need to really kill off the game

QPR were never really in trouble in the game. They took the lead after four minutes and restricted Leeds to a handful of chances. Leeds had eight attempts, of which none were on target. It seems then that QPR’s defence were compact and well drilled on the day. What may be slightly more worrying for them is the fact they didn’t score more.

QPR's Nedum Onuoha celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal

                             QPR's Nedum Onuoha celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal

Of course they scored three times in the game, however, QPR had 15 shots, of which, eight were on target, and so they should have scored more. Rangers hit the post twice in the first half and Green saved twice, but it took Rangers until the 73rd minute to double their lead. Rangers must become more proficient in front of goal if they are to challenge for the top places this season. Often against a top side, 2-0 is not enough with 20 minutes to go, anything can happen. Therefore, a deadeye in front of goal is vital, especially when they have so many chances to kill the game off.

Tjaronn Chery can be Rangers’ star player

Chery was the outstanding player for QPR against Leeds. He scored the second goal, a penalty which he took with aplomb, sweeping into the bottom corner of the goal. The Dutch footballer is an attacking midfielder that is very adept at linking up play with his range of passing. Chery is often guilty of lacking in his defensive contribution, however, his long range shots and finishing more than make up for this with his ability to take chances when they present themselves.

Leeds United's Stuart Dallas in action with QPR's Tjaronn Chery                                      Leeds United's Stuart Dallas in action with QPR's Tjaronn Chery

The question is; can Chery become QPR’s star man this term? At 28-years-old, Chery is running out of time to really impose himself in England. The Championship is a notoriously difficult place to find form and then sustain it. With a goal to his name already, perhaps this season will be the start of a purple patch in the Dutch attacker’s career.

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