QPR have become the second side to be relegated from the Premier League in two days as they were capitulated by Manchester City, losing 6-0 at the Etihad.
The Hoops join Burnley in relegation after just one season in the top flight, despite the Clarets winning 0-1 at Hull yesterday.
It has been a somewhat topsy-turvy ride for QPR this season, with debts continuing to mount and a managerial change at a crucial point in the season, Harry Redknapp leaving his post due to health reasons.
But no matter what happens in the remaining two games this season, both of which Rangers needed to win (as well as the game against City) to have any chance of staying up, current boss Chris Ramsey will be bitterly disappointed that he saw his side go down without a fight as the outcome for QPR that many predicted was finally confirmed.
City on the other hand have now won four games on the bounce, and will rue their lack of consistency earlier this season that helped them forfeit the title to Chelsea.
QPR’s tame surrender began after just four minutes, with Sergio Aguero scoring the first of his hattrick after some trademark poor defending from the visitors.
Hoops striker Charlie Austin then had a goal ruled out for offside, which didn’t matter as Aleksandar Kolarov then curled in a beautiful freekick just after the half hour mark to double the advantage. It’s the Serbian’s fourth goal from a direct freekick in the league this season, the highest ever number from a Manchester City player in a Premier League season.
In the second half, with QPR virtually non-existent in attack and useless in defence, there was a deluge of goals as City went on to score four.
Aguero, who was a threat all afternoon against a defence who didn’t know how to deal with the Argentine’s threat, dispossessed Yun Suk-Young, ran through on goal and slotted home. He then claimed his hattrick, scoring his 31st goal of the season from the penalty spot after Matt Phillips was harshly adjudged to of brought down David Silva. 31 goals is the highest tally Aguero has scored for the club in a season yet, having now scored six goals in five games against Rangers.
James Milner then scored from close range with 20 minutes left, David Silva doing the same after neat footwork with 89 minutes gone. City are now second, three points clear of Arsenal. The Gunners, however, have two games in hand.
It caps off an abismal season for the London side, who on this showing deserved to go down. They have now conceded a Premier League record of 67 goals. The club still have two games remaining, playing Newcastle at Loftus Road before travelling to Leicester on the final day of the season. Burnley too have to play Stoke at Turf Moor before facing Aston Villa away on the last day.
Sean Dyche’s, and Burnley’s, efforts to stay up have been admirable, but it was never enough as results elsewhere condemned them to the second tier despite their win at the KC Stadium yesterday.