A late Jay Bothroyd winner lifted Queens Park Rangers hopes of survival, but the prospect of a "great escape" still seems bleak.
With fixtures against Sunderland, Aston Villa and Wigan to come, Harry Redknapp's side are entering the most critical period of there season thus far. It's imperative for Rangers to claim maximum points and continue to consolidate on their recent run of results, that has included results against Manchester City and Tottenham.
As they have played the majority of the so-called "big four" already this season, Redknapp’s side will be grateful for the gentler fixture schedule.
However, the teams in and around QPR will be desperate for every point themselves.
This will be one of the more compelling relegation scraps the Premier League has seen.
Even though Rangers recent run in the Premier League has only been two seasons, it feels as if QPR haven't won consecutive games in years, and it seems Rangers need a miracle, as a dismal record of three wins from 28 games leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table, four points from safety.
But time and time again, from the impairment of gloom and misery, comes hope. Rangers must feel that they have hit rock bottom, and the only way is up from here on end.
So is it to soon to write off QPR, it is impossible to say that with real assurance, but it is becoming increasingly possible that time could potentially run out for Harry and his side in the coming weeks.
It's profoundly likely that Rangers are destined for the drop, but than again, stranger things have happened in football.
No one knows what the future truly has in store for QPR, but one thing is for sure, another managerial miracle from the man dubbed "Harry Houdini" is never out of the question.
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