With Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers side heading into Tuesday night’s Championship clash on a run of three straight defeats in the league, the 59-year-old Rs manager would have undoubtedly been hoping for a much-improved display against Birmingham City at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
And, with two goals from Ilias Chair either side of half-time securing all three points in a 2-0 win for the west London side, it would certainly appear this is exactly what Warburton’s side managed to achieve against the Blues.
As is to be expected after such a result, a number of the QPR players turned in impressive performances over the course of the 90 minutes, with Robert Dickie, Yoann Barbet and Christopher Willock all receiving a SofaScore match rating of 7.5 or above, however, it was undeniably the double goalscorer who stole the show against Lee Bowyer’s side.
Having already been one of QPR’s more impressive players prior to the Birmingham fixture, Chair only furthered his reputation as one of the Championship’s most exciting starlets with yet another dominant performance on Tuesday night.
Indeed, the £3.6m-rated attacking midfielder scored two goals, took a total of five shots, made two key passes and created one big chance for his teammates against the Blues.
The player Warburton dubbed a “bright” talent also completed three long balls, 29 passes, won three duels and drew one foul over the course of his time on the pitch.
These returns saw the 23-year-old receive a rather remarkable SofaScore match rating of 9.1, with no player, from either side, earning a higher score than the Morocco international.
As such, while QPR’s promotion credentials have been slightly reinforced in the win over Birmingham – as the result takes the Rs up to eighth place in the league, one point behind Blackburn Rovers in sixth – should Warburton’s side have any chance of securing a top-six finish this season, Chair will undoubtedly have to keep this level of performance up going forwards.