Queens Park Rangers’ home fixture against Norwich City is a match which will not live long in the memory.
A dire encounter in the West London rain ended in a 1-0 win to the visitors thanks to Teemu Pukki’s chested effort 19 minutes from time.
The performance of QPR in particular, was poor. The R’s only severely tested visiting keeper Tim Krul once and fans will have left Loftus Road feeling both disappointed and uninspired. Just how bad were QPR?
In the first half, the home side had just 28% of the ball as they sat off Norwich City and allowed them to grab a foothold in the match. The second half did see a slight improvement, although the visitors still dominated the overall match possession.
A dismal first 45 minutes saw QPR fail to put in a single successful cross while they completed just 99 passes compared to Norwich City’s 315. Overall, The R’s completed 69% of their attempted passes compared to Norwich City’s 80%. Steve McClaren’s men reverted to the long ball game too often and their predictability saw less than half of their attempted passes from distance reach their desired target.
It was their lack of creativity in the final third which will have frustrated Hoops supporters the most. A tame Nahki Wells effort from 20 yards in the 39th minute was the only real chance for The R’s in the first half while Luke Freeman’s sharp strike in the second period was the only time in the whole match which visiting keeper Krul was tested. QPR had significantly more wayward efforts from range than Norwich City which sums up a desperate afternoon for McClaren’s side.
If there was to be a winner, it always looked like being Norwich City and Pukki’s goal was deserved against a QPR side who surely cannot play much worse in another game this season.