QPR’s 2016/17 season
League Position:18th (2015/16: 12th)
Average league attendance: 14,475 (2015/16: 15,994)
Top league goalscorer: Idrissa Sylla (10)
Queens Park Rangers ended the season only two points clear of the relegation zone and would be facing life in Sky Bet League One but for a win over Nottingham Forest in their penultimate game. It was a season to forget for the Shepherd’s Bush side. After dropping out of the top six in early September, they only once regained a place in the top half and looked far more likely to end two seasons in the second tier, after relegation from the Premier League in 2015, with a drop to the third than promotion.
QPR started the season with wins over Leeds United and Cardiff City but that was almost as good as it got for them. They won one of their next eight games, had a run of six straight losses at the end of 2016 and then lost seven of their last eight games. The 2-0 win over Forest was all that, ultimately, kept them out of the drop zone. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was replaced as manager in November and Ian Holloway took over. He oversaw those two losing runs but gathered enough points to keep them up.
There were problems at both end of the pitch for QPR. Only Idrissa Sylla got in to double figures and the total of 52 was better than only six teams. They also conceded 66 goals and only four teams conceded more. There was a mass turnover at Loftus Road with 37 different players making Sky Bet Championship appearances with only goalkeeper Alex Smithies and defender Nedum Onuoha playing more than 40 games.
Loftus Road Stadium
South Africa Road
Ian Holloway had been out of work for 18 months before he took over as QPR boss last November. It is his second spell in charge at Loftus Road. He spent five years at the helm at the turn of the century and took QPR out of the third tier after overseeing their relegation in 2001. He consolidated them in the second tier before leaving in 2006.
Holloway had a shot spell at Brentford during his playing career but was best known for three spells at Bristol Rovers and his time at QPR. He went in to management as player-boss at Bristol Rovers in 1996 and had four years in charge before taking the QPR job. Holloway, 54, took both Blackpool and Crystal Palace to the Premier League and has also managed Plymouth Argyle, Leicester City and Millwall. He left Millwall in early 2015 and worked for Sky Sports before taking over at QPR.
Last Time Round
Head to Head
Brentford wins: 24
QPR wins: 22