Sheffield Wednesday’s survival bid was dealt a devastating blow this weekend as they were emphatically beaten in the Championship.
Darren Moore’s side were unable to follow up their shock victory in front of the TV cameras last time out with the Owls being absolutely played off the park in west London.
The Yorkshiremen are now seven points adrift of safety and only have six games left remaining.
On the back of a 5-0 whitewash of an in-form Cardiff City side, Moore will have been expecting his side to continue that form against QPR on Saturday but he was badly let down by several key stars.
None more so than Jordan Rhodes, who was once again trusted to lead the line given his upturn in form, having scored four goals since the 46-year-old’s appointment.
The 31-year-old was graded as the Owls’ second-worst player (6.1) behind goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith (5.1) but that was perhaps a little harsh on the shot-stopper.
As YorkshireLive’s Dom Howson claimed, Wildsmith ‘produced a couple of important saves in the first half’ and then was ‘left completely stranded’ for the Rs’ third goal.
At the other end of the pitch, Rhodes was a mere passenger.
He recorded the fewest touches of any starter (26), which was even less than Wildsmith (42) and Osaze Urhoghide (35), who was substituted before him in the 70th minute.
When the Scotsman did get the ball, however, he was particularly wasteful – as per SofaScore, the veteran fired two shots off target, lost possession eight times, and made only 71% of his 17 passing attempts.
To make things worse, he absolutely struggled to combat the towering back-three deployed by the opposition; winning just one of nine duels (11%) – none of which coming in the air.
Howson suggested that Rhodes ‘struggled to get involved for much of the game’ which is half the case, but on the evidence above, he was a huge let down for Moore.
Given he’s out of contract in the summer, he’s not done the club or himself any favours with a performance like that. Wednesday desperately needed his expertise in front of goal, and he was evidently way below the standard required for a team fighting for their lives.