5 talking points from QPR's 6-0 home defeat against Newcastle
PUBLISHED: 16:47 14 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:47 14 September 2016
QPR suffered a 6-0 hammering against Newcastle at Loftus Road last night. Here are five talking points.
1. Newfound defensive frailties
Steven Caulker returned to the QPR side after missing the weekend’s draw to Blackburn Rovers, a match where Rangers did look physically out gunned by their lowly opponents.
However, they faced a different proposition against the crisp, free-flowing football the Magpies played and were ultimately put to the sword with some incisive attacks spearheaded by Ayoze Perez.
The Rs couldn’t keep up with Perez operating between the lines as his intelligent runs were picked out by Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey.
The system changed after just 18 minutes as James Perch went off injured and Hasselbaink reverted to 4-4-2, as his side were 2-0 down but their luck, and quality of defending, did not improve.
QPR conceded a variety of goals during the defeat - the biggest league defeat ever suffered by Rangers at home - exposing defensive frailties not seen before this season, which will worry everyone connected to the club.
2. QPR outplayed and, more worryingly, out-pressed by Newcastle
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink would have been incredibly frustrated by QPR and you could have mistaken this game to be a training match for the Geordies. Rangers were chasing shadows and not getting close at all while Newcastle looked dangerous at all times.
Newcastle looked razor sharp compared to their lacklustre hosts, robbing them of possession on several occasions in dangerous areas and mounting attacks of their own.
Newcastle still have all the hallmarks of a Premier League side with players such as Shelvey, Ritchie, Perez and Mitrovic so being outplayed can be excusable.
However, Hasselbaink has worked hard on employing a high pressing game and there was no evidence of that, particularly in the first half where the early damage was done.
QPR were second best to everything all over the pitch and fans will fear this game will have put a huge dent in the side’s confidence.
3. Can Conor make the grade?
With Sebastian Polter picking up an injury at the weekend, Conor Washington deputised for the German forward to lead the line against in-form Newcastle.
It was clear to see why the former Peterborough striker has found goals so scarce as he delivered another ineffective performance. In fairness to Washington, he worked his socks off and service was hard to come by as Newcastle dominated, but some of his touches and runs were also off the pace.
With just one goal in seven appearances this season - the solitary effort coming in the EFL Cup - time could be running out for Washington to make his mark in W12.
4. Consistently inconsistent
The result leaves QPR with a record of three wins, three losses and one draw after the first seven games of the Championship season and on 10 points. The only consistent thing about Rangers this season has been their inconsistency.
Fans are not sure which QPR will turn up to games and it is something which must be corrected if they are to aim any higher than a mid-table finish, which such form warrants.
Last night’s performance, however, was nothing short of horrendous and they were never in the game from the very first whistle. Fans will welcome a mid-table position if performances like this are to be repeated throughout the season.
5. Pawel Wszolek debut
It was a debut to forget for loan-signing Pawel Wszolek, who came on after 18 minutes to replace James Perch after he suffered a serious-looking knee injury.
It would be harsh to judge the Polish winger during such a dismal display from the Rs but he was ineffective throughout the game, much like the rest of his team-mates. Things can only improve for his career in W12 as he surely won’t face many worse moments than this embarrassing defeat.