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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Peter Beagrie Not Optimistic About QPR's Playoff Chances

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Sky Sports - Peter Beagrie Q&A

I commented recently on the improvement you will see from QPR after our owners finally opened the chequebook and our win at Derby says something. I reckon Reading and Birmingham will take the automatics with Wolves and Preston definites for the play-offs. Then any two from Sheff Utd, Crystal Palace, Cardiff and QPR. What do you reckon Peter? Can QPR get there? Darryl Garvey (Queens Park Rangers fan)

PETER REPLIES: At the start of the season we all thought they were going to sign some well-known players but that hasn't really happened. They've gone for experienced Championship players and they haven't signed a Championship-level 'Robinho' despite the wealth of their owners.

I don't think they do have what it takes to reach the play-offs unless there is an influx of players in January. They'll be hoping that win at Derby is a turning point but I think there are better sides in the division. I was hoping they'd find a more fluent style under their new manager but they still play with one striker at times and they do struggle to score goals. They are solid at the back but for all the glamour attached to the club, there has been a lack of entertainment on the pitch.

I agree with some of the other clubs you mention though Darryl. The top two will definitely come from Wolves, Birmingham and Reading. Sheffield United look the part at the moment and along with Preston they are the form side in the Championship. I think that leaves one play-off spot and I'd say teams like Burnley and Crystal Palace are far better than QPR. You can also throw Cardiff into the mix who have drawn a lot of games, along with Swansea who I also believe are stronger than QPR. I feel Rangers will need significant improvement if they are to beat those teams to a play-off spot. Skysports

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