Yesterday left us all devastated as we once again found ourselves with a 4 point gap between our play-off rivals.. We knew that QPR away was going to be a challenge but I never expected us to be broken down so easily. It was not the result we wanted to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of our Carling Cup victory and the infamous ‘Obafemi Martins day’.
QPR have a new breath of fresh air under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and are starting to climb up the table. It was unfortunate for Blues yesterday as a poor 5 minutes decided the outcome of the game. The 35th minute of the game saw Rowett’s men go 1-0 down to a Tjaronn Chery finish which started the chaotic few minutes that cost the game. Then 4 minutes later we had conceded a penalty due to a costly mistake by Morrison which was then converted by Junior Hoilett, thus costing the game for Blues. However, in the second half Blues did have a number of chances which could have easily changed the game but we could just not find the end product leaving the game to be QPR’s.
The lack of end product is a major concern if we are supposed to be chasing a play-off spot by the seasons close. This means that now more than ever, we need more precision and more of an eye for goal. Our current front men are not scoring as freely as our play-off rivals. We cannot compare the goals scored between Hooper and Forestieri of Sheffield Wednesday to Donaldson and Vaughan with the latter still not scoring a goal for the club. With our remaining fixtures for the season we have still yet to play Hull, Brighton and Middlesbrough (at home) who are all chasing promotion this season.
These teams have a much higher goal threat than our squad which needs to change if we are to compete against them and sneak into the play-offs ourselves. We need Donaldson to pick up in goal scoring form in our next run of games as the team looks to him to provide the goals which he has not matched compared to last season. I would perhaps suggest playing Vaughan alongside the Jamaican and play in a style like many of our top 6 rivals do, such as Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough. This is because these two teams are never shy for goals. Ultimately, if we could match their style of play and play our cards right, we could find ourselves back on track and fighting for a play-off place come the 7th May.
Can Blues still make the play-offs?