Jeff Stelling blogs on QPR's hopes of survival, Joey Barton's travails and why Spurs will finish third.
Last Updated: 22/03/12 2:45pm
QPR shouldn't get too carried away by their comeback against Liverpool - because they were awful for the first hour of the game.
However, Rangers must take huge confidence in recovering from two goals down to claim a vital three points and even though their run-in looks horrendous, they now have a glimmer of hope.
It was brilliant that Shaun Derry got the goal that set them on their comeback trail as he is a no-nonsense, nuts-and-bolts character who gets on with things week after week.
The way he launched himself at that header was terrific and it inspired everyone else; his character could prove critical as the season draws to a close.
QPR also seem to have goals in them which is paramount if you are to stay up. Djibril Cisse looks like he wants to shoot every time he gets the ball and in their position that is exactly what they need.
Plus, they have Adel Taarabt, a man I have flown the flag for all season even when he wasn't playing consistently. He is a flair player and his ability to pick a final pass or cut open a defence could be worth its weight in gold.
The victory over Liverpool gave Rangers a bit of breathing space from the bottom three and they must now win their home games if they are to stay clear of the drop zone.
The form book often goes out the window at this time of year and Hughes must look at matches against Arsenal, Tottenham, Swansea and Stoke at Loftus Road as winnable.
It will be interesting to see what he does with Joey Barton, though.
I was shocked to hear the midfielder being booed pretty much from the start to when he was substituted on Wednesday night, even though he was terrible and admitted as much himself.
The avid Twitter user is no longer the QPR fans' Tweety Pie; he has gone off the boil and I think he could probably do with a break.
It's not something that Joey would willingly do, but I think it is time for him to have a rest and then come back refreshed for the final part of the season.
At the other end of the table, the public consensus seems to be that Arsenal are favourites to claim third place. It's not an opinion that I share, though, and I would still back Spurs to finish directly behind the Manchester clubs.
I was with Harry Redknapp earlier this week and he told me Spurs had to beat Stoke on Wednesday night. They didn't do that but there were some signs in the second half that the spark was returning; Gareth Bale, in particular, was fantastic.
If Spurs can get something against Chelsea this weekend - a big ask considering they haven't won at Stamford Bridge since February 1990 - I think things will be swinging in their favour, because they don't have another side in the top seven to face.
Arsenal have had an excellent six-match winning run to overtake their north London rivals, but it remains to be seen whether they can maintain their consistency.
They've certainly tightened things up at the back; Thomas Vermaelen is a fantastic player and Laurent Koscielny has been their standout defender this season. However, I worry that they still have to face Manchester City and Chelsea at home.
Tottenham have overcome their blip - something all teams suffer over the course of a season - and they are playing well. Their issue has been sticking the ball in the net and that's why I'm disappointed Jermain Defoe hasn't started more often.
Louis Saha, described by David Moyes as one of the greatest players he has worked with, has leapfrogged Jermain in the pecking order since he signed from Everton and he has done well, especially during Spurs' 5-0 win over Newcastle in February.
But I think it's Jermain's time now and he should be charged with scoring the goals that will cement Tottenham in a Champions League slot.
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