Fair play to QPR, I don’t begrudge them the win.
More for what they did in the second half than the first. They showed an increasing appetite to pile forward and muscle their way into the ascendancy.
That said, as the home side’s confidence grew, Wolves wasted two excellent chances to get themselves ahead but neither Bonatini or Jota could supply the finish.
If they had done, I think that would have been that, but instead Ian Holloway’s side continued to grow in belief and our defence are always vulnerable to those second phase crosses.
We won’t be the last team to see points disappear via Matt Smith’s forehead either and it’s a reminder to everyone that if you don’t maintain your standards, the Championship will bite back.
In the first half I couldn’t see QPR scoring from open play. Wolves were hardly razor sharp but it had the look of a game that would eventually turn in our favour.
They created little and were playing a high line. Cavaleiro and Jota both came close to breaking the trap and the latter dragged a shot wide after a good run.
But Saiss got caught in his own defensive third and Washington did well to lift the ball over Ruddy and squeeze the ball in at the near post.
The immediate equaliser via Jota’s unbelievable run and Bonatini’s bullet finish should have been the shot in the arm the lads needed a for a second half onslaught.
Instead it was QPR who came out firing and immediately saw a shot come off the bar.
Then came the missed chances in that period of the game that Wolves have been so effective this season and that profligacy was the difference between victory and defeat.
Any loss is painful when you’ve become accustomed to winning, but I don’t see this team embarking on a long winless run.
As Nuno pointed out afterwards, Wolves lacked intensity. I agree. Collectively they weren’t quite at the races.
A response is needed and Norwich away under the floodlights is a notoriously difficult challenge.
I suspect though, we will see that response.