QPR start 2016 as they don’t mean to go on

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Curtis Davies and Adama Diomande celebrate Hull City’s winning goal at Loftus Road. (Image | Yorkshire Post)

Queens Park Rangers began 2016 in comical fashion with a 2-1 defeat to Hull City that leaves them closer to the Championship relegation places than the top six, as acrimony begins to grow in the stands.

Some fans chanted Neil Warnock’s name as Hull substitute Adama Diomande benefited from a mix-up between goalkeeper Robert Green and defender Grant Hall in stoppage time.

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Hasselbaink’s wait for a win continues as QPR drop more points

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has to be given time to succeed at QPR, a club where this is sometimes a rare commodity.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has to be given time to succeed at QPR, a club where this is sometimes a rare commodity. (Image | QPR)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink remains without a win as the Queens Park Rangers manager after his side squandered all three points late on against Huddersfield Town.

The former Burton Albion boss, who was expected to inspire an upturn in the Rs’ fortunes, has struggled to combat a number of familiar failings that will take more than a few weeks to iron out.

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QPR change Championship goals as Charlie Austin agrees to stay

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Charlie Austin has scored four goals already this season. (Image | IB Times)

Concern is growing for Queens Park Rangers supporters, who have been showing signs of a condition only observed sporadically at Loftus Road over the past two decades: optimism.

The failure of a host of Premier League clubs to make a reasonable offer for Charlie Austin, and accept his apparently optimistic wage demands, means he remains a QPR player. Proving that the best activity of the transfer window does not always have to involve a new arrival, hanging on to the 26-year-old means expectations have suddenly shot up in W12.

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New lens: Canon EF 50mm f1.8

I went out to test my new Canon EF 50mm f1.8 lens, although new is hardly the word: it first came out in 1991. For £64, I wasn’t expecting miracles, but the reviews had been good and I quietly hoped I may have got a bargain. Here are some of the images I took around Battersea, south-west London.

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Hoops boss has big rebuilding job

Leicester City's Andy King gets the better of QPR midfielder Joey Barton and Yun Suk-young. (Image | Ben Hoskins/Getty Images Europe)
Leicester City’s Andy King gets the better of QPR midfielder Joey Barton and Yun Suk-young. (Image | Ben Hoskins/Getty Images Europe)

Queens Park Rangers handed Chris Ramsey a three-year contract as head coach, and the task of steadying a ship on a rough sea with a couple of holes in its side, just in time to watch his team go down 5-1 to Leicester City.

His first job had been to finish a season that has been a miserable pit of despair at times on some sort of a high, but comically bad defending and general ineptitude put paid to this plan at the King Power Stadium.

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QPR need change from top to bottom

Clint Hill, right, looks on in despair as Queens Park Rangers exit the Premier League. (Image | Getty)
Clint Hill, right, looks on in despair as Queens Park Rangers exit the Premier League. (Image | Getty)

QPR exited the Premier League on Sunday, putting in a display of rank incompetence as they lost 6-0 to Manchester City at the Etihad stadium.

In many ways, it was a fitting end to another disastrous top flight campaign in which, once again, a shambolic collection of men wearing blue and white found their level.

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Decision making has cost Rangers

Charlie Austin sees his penalty saved by the West Ham United goalkeeper Adrián. (Image | Evening Standard)
Charlie Austin sees his penalty saved by the West Ham United goalkeeper Adrián. (Image | Evening Standard)

Queens Park Rangers are staring down the barrel of relegation after they failed to beat West Ham United and Hull City pulled away from the abyss with two successive wins to pile pressure on the bottom three.

Charlie Austin, without whose goals the Rs would perhaps already be down, had a penalty saved by the goalkeeper Adrián, who also kept out Matt Phillips in an unhelpful 0-0 draw.

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