Becchio has been in fine form – but so have the Hoops on their travels. (©PAphotos)
by Rob Coates
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Okay, so the dream of a super, unblemished season has been cruelly snatched away from the Super Hoops' fans minds. Rather than think of it as a worry, you should be glad the pressure is now off. We knew Watford wanted to be the one to dash the Hoops’ dreams and they did. Emphatically!.
You could argue that they were lucky, but reality showed they played out of their skins and looked very good doing it. Sometimes you have to throw your hands up and just admit they were the better team on the day.
Looking forward, QPR now have a massive game against the Npower Championship assassins Leeds United who haven’t lost in eight games (the last one being against Championship title contenders Cardiff, when they were smashed 4-0).
Leeds have a record at home of five wins, one draw and four losses, where as QPR haven’t lost away from home so far.
This is definitely the game of the weekend, a win for the Hoops will extend their lead of four points with a game in hand, and a loss will drag them back into the mire and even out the playing field for the contenders.
If there is any manager you want to calm the nerves, get the players focused on the journey ahead and mute the nay-seers it’s Mr Warnock. Without doubt the manager will not be fazed or worried about the weekend’s fixture, he knows his team incredibly well plus I think one of his greatest strengths is studying the opposition whilst picking a team to quell their positive points and exploit chinks in their armour.
Stopping the goal machine Luciano Becchio will be high on the agenda as will getting past the superb goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, but the fire power within the Hoops’ team at the moment is fantastic so he is going to be a very busy man come Saturday.
The facts about these two teams meeting at Elland Road in 22 games before reads as such: Leeds won ten; QPR won six with six draws.
Remember these stats span back to the 1948-49 season and they haven’t played each other since 2006-07 season. A lot has happened in those missing years, the Super hoops have evolved into a very strong vibrant team with ambition, Leeds United are riding the crest of a wave since last years promotion with goals galore.
Again the Super Hoops are having to call upon the fans, Leeds pack out their 30,000 plus stadium every week but the QPR boys have been some of the most noisy, supportive and buoyant fans in the league so expect lots of singing and chanting. The old adage of being the 12th man will rein true for Mr Warnock and his team, so get out there and back up your boys.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.