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.
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.
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.
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.
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.