Efficient QPR to simultaneously fix their home and FA Cup form
How better to break our lengthy sequence of manager photos...
QPR have been as dire in the FA Cup since 2001 as, umm, well they have been in the Premier League over the last two months. They’ve failed to claim a single victory, the third round proving unbudgeable, to coin a term that may or may not exist, but definitely should.
That FA Cup ineptitude continued with a draw at a packed Stadium MK – that honestly isn’t sarcasm, remarkably enough – ten days ago. That result cost Neil Warnock his job, prompting much sympathy from fans of my club (alright, that one was sarcastic…).
However, with a shiny new boss and a home crowd excited by the prospect of seeing him sit snug in the Loftus Road dugout for the first time, 5/6 on them beating MK Dons on Paddy Power scales Joey Barton average-number-of-tweets-a-day levels of giganticness.
For starters, they equalised in the away tie with just ten men after friend-of-Lady-Gaga Alejandro Faurlin was carted off injured when all three substitutes had already jogged on.
And Mark Hughes loves the FA Cup almost as much as the company of the affable Kia Joorabchian, guiding Blackburn to the semi-finals twice in three seasons, with a Carling Cup semi sandwiched in the middle for good measure.
So even if he stuffs up saving QPR from a swift return to the Championship, he should break their FA Cup curse. Which will no doubt be a great comfort when they get hammered by Chelsea in the next round and are dusting off the guide of ten great places to visit in Barnsley come August*.
Disclaimer: This is all rather unlikely (well, the second part at least)