QPR drew 0-0 away to Sunderland in Harry Redknapp’s first game in charge. Here are five positives for the club to take moving forward.
The fact QPR managed to get a point is very important because they only had four of them before the start of the match last night. It gives them something to work on, a little bit of momentum, the start of a run and more importantly, confidence from knowing that they clawed back a little bit of ground on relegation rivals.
Redknapp is a no nonsense sort of boss. He had a chance to look at the desire of each player he selected. If he didn’t see anyone fully committed then they will now be out of the team as he has underlined which gives QPR a better chance of stealing further points in tough away games to come over the coming weeks and months.
Any QPR fan can look at the stats from the match at Sunderland and reflect that they should have stolen a win. QPR had the same number of shots as the home side with one more on target. They edged possession by two per cent which is a positive to take from any away game and the fact they had three more corners than Sunderland shows there were spells of the game where they were able to maintain pressure better than their opponents.
There seemed to be a great sense of urgency from QPR which is important. When they won the ball back, whether that was in the middle of the pitch or in their own defensive third, they looked to move the ball forwards quickly. If they can continue to get the ball into their attacking players rapidly, then it gives them more of a chance of creating pressure on their opponent’s goal and coming up with good goal scoring opportunities.
The overall shape of QPR is a positive to reflect on and to take forward which is something Redknapp needs to be praised for. When QPR didn’t have the ball they settled into midfield and defensive banks of players in basic straight lines, narrowing the space between each player. When they had possession the defence kept this shape and the attacking players rotated based on each other’s movement.
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