QPR manager Harry Redknapp is demanding more from his players despite seeing them continue their unbeaten start to 2013 with a 1-1 draw at West Ham.
Saturday's result at Upton Park left the Hoops four points adrift at the foot of the Barclays Premier League.
The Hammers dominated but could not breach Julio Cesar's defences until Joe Cole scored in the 68th minute to cancel out Loic Remy's 14th-minute opener on his QPR debut.
Redknapp conceded his side were second best and called for an improvement.
The QPR boss said: "That's five games unbeaten. At least we're in there, having a go.
"We're trying, working hard, (but) you've got to play, haven't you? You've got to be bold enough to try to keep the ball.
"You can't keep kicking the ball back to them and inviting another attack.
"That's what we tended to do second half. We just sat in there, got deeper and deeper and couldn't get out, really.
"I like teams that can play. We need to be bolder and play and try to pass and keep hold of the ball better."
Redknapp's demands could prompt him to delve into the transfer market once more following the capture of Remy and the continued pursuit of Rennes' Yann M'Vila.
He added: "You need a bit of quality. You need people to be able to play and pass the ball under pressure. Spirit and effort will only take you so far."
The former Hammers boss still believes QPR have a good chance of survival.
He said: "We're picking up points at the moment. We're averaging more than a point a game.
"There's still enough games. You win back-to-back games, the whole picture will change, whether it's now, whether it's in eight games' time. There's a long way to go."
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is also confident his side will soon climb the table by converting pressure into points.
Allardyce's team have one win and five points in seven Premier League games.
He said: "Service and providing opportunities was great. Finishing, unfortunately, let us down.
"The bottom line is, as always, if you don't finish your chances you pay the penalty, and we paid the penalty by not finishing.
"We're in now our worst run for picking up points at the minute and that's not suggesting that our performances have warranted so few points.
"Our problem is our frontmen don't score enough goals to win us games of football we should win."
Marouane Chamakh saw two good headed opportunities saved by Cesar before he was replaced by Carlton Cole, whose header led to Joe Cole's equaliser.
It was Chamakh's full debut following his loan signing from Arsenal and, although the Moroccan will not be available to face his parent club on Wednesday night, Allardyce is convinced he will soon make the most of his opportunities.
"When you've got strong headers of the ball and you put 46 crosses in like we did you're giving them the right service," Allardyce added.
"Hopefully that will turn into him scoring a few more goals for us, because that's been our problem."
How Allardyce must hope for a fit Andy Carroll soon.
The England striker, currently out with a knee injury, would be expected to lap up the opportunities presented by Joe Cole and, from the left, Matt Jarvis. It was Jarvis' cross which led to the equaliser.
Allardyce felt his side should not have gone behind, when Winston Reid opted to hold his line, rather than follow the run which saw Remy latch onto Adel Taarabt's through-ball.
"Foolishly we tried to play a stupid offside instead of just tracking Remy and he put it away well," Allardyce said.