QPR are now on a three game unbeaten streak in the Championship. That is an amazing resurgence after failing to register a point in their opening four games of the campaign.
Steve McClaren’s men have dragged themselves from the foot of the table and only look to be going in one direction. They host Millwall tonight, fresh from an agonising draw against league leaders Leeds; a game they looked seriously impressive in.
But it is no coincidence that QPR’s upturn in form started when McClaren changed his keeper. The 3-0 drumming to Bristol, shortly after the 7-1 annihilation by West Brom seemed to be the straw that broke the camel’s back with regards to the QPR boss relying on Matt Ingram in goal.
Since those dire losses, the former England boss has opted to play Joe Lumley (valued at £135k on Transfermarkt.co.uk) between the sticks in the league and it has paid off handsomely. The team are yet to lose a game and have only conceded one goal in three games, compared to the previous league games where The Hoops conceded 13 in four matches.
Of course, this change in form also coincided with the arrival of other big names, such a Nahki Wells and Tomer Hemed, but for any team to be successful, they need to be defensively solid and stop leaking goals. The 23-year-old Lumley has provided this for McClaren and the results are taking care of themselves.
The Rs sit just one point behind Millwall in the table, and will leapfrog their London rivals if they beat them at Loftus Road tonight.