The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

AF­TER last year, QPR fans aren’t ask­ing for much. Just a bit of re­spectabil­ity, play­ers who don’t treat the shirt like a dirty dish­cloth.

And whilst this was far from a vin­tage per­for­mance, there were plenty of signs that the class in their squad – much like New­cas­tle in 2009-10 – will prove too much for the ma­jor­ity of teams.

Winger Ju­nior Hoi­lett – a monumental flop last year – was the liveli­est player on the pitch, all jink­ing runs and flash­ing feet as Wed­nes­day’s de­fend­ers tied them­selves in knots. With lit­tle in­spi­ra­tion from an in­dus­trial mid­field, his abil­ity to fash­ion chances could be vi­tal to the Hoops.

Wed­nes­day were gritty and cer­tainly un­lucky not to win at least one penalty. Bar­ton’s trip on Maghoma looked a stone-waller.

How­ever, Dave Jones will know that his side – whilst danger­ous on the counter – don’t cre­ate enough chances. If he has any money to spend, a creative No.10 or in­ven­tive mid­fielder would make a huge dif­fer­ence.

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

I’M THE MAN: An­drew John­son, left, cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing the sec­ond goal for QPR. INSET: QPR man­ager Harry Red­knapp watches on crutches

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