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And then a hero comes along – Report
at 20:42:39

Other points to note: Carroll played 90 minutes and Ball played well. When he doesn't play badly he's a decent (not brilliant) player - statement of the obvious.
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And then a hero comes along – Report
at 20:39:46

"The unadulterated, unmatched, unrivalled, indescribable joy of nineteenth beating fourteenth in the Championship that non-believers cannot comprehend and addicts currently crave like never before. It is worth it." Yesssss!
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Warburton hanging by a thread as QPR slump v Swans - Report
at 19:27:44

Totally agree with Knocker re taking the knee - it can't be good for morale if the black players (except Albert) think this is important (as do the premiership teams and most - certainly many - other sports people) but the white players in the squad insist on standing.

It's not obvious that team spirit is poor as mostly the team seem to be trying, but Les has probably screwed this up with his comments. He's right that action is more important than gestures but at this moment gestures may be very important to some of the players.

This is not an anti-Les pitch as I don't want to see him go as DoF. In all the circumstance it's hard to see anyone could have done much better.
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Familiar failings and tough questions - Report
at 16:35:08

This has been a good discussion in these comments, esp Clive's longer comment on what to do, which sets out the dilemmas clearly. Two things to add to the mix. Firstly, I wonder what it means for team cohesion if the black players take the knee but the white players stand around looking uncomfortable? Until the last few games I felt the spirit has been good. Obviously Les' comments about BLM have muddied the waters. Although I think he is right - we need action not gestures - if the young black players want to make a gesture they should be supported by their colleagues.

Secondly, at the risk of trying to psychoanalyse the situation I wonder if Warbs is fed up himself, or even a bit depressed. He's had problems with his knee(s) and I thought he'd had surgery but still spends a lot of time sitting on his cool box. So many people have been affected by the pandemic, why not a football manager?

When there are breaks in play he seems slow to issue advice/instruction often looking miserable or if he doesn't know what to do. (This matches the point many make about making the wrong decisions about subs and not being able to adjust the pattern of the team's play.) Meanwhile the opposition manager is engaged in lively discussion and issuing orders. Eustace looks more positive and enthusiastic.

Perhaps he doesn't want the job want more?
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QPR and Stoke grind out dire bore draw - Report
at 19:46:36

Hate to disagree, but I enjoyed the match! Obviously not as much as if we'd won. Maybe I'm just sad, or over-optimistic or maybe just too pleased to be back in the KPF Stadium.
I'd be interested in knowing how our goals against record so far compares to the last few seasons, but I think the defence is definitely more reliable, even if the capacity to self-destruct remains.
But it would be nice if Kane sometimes spent time in the same post code as the winger he's meant to be marking.
Merry Xmas (Ha!) to one and all.
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Point made - Report
at 09:19:25

Certainly would have settled for a point after Saturday's dismal showing. But as you say all so inevitable that we'd fail to score a second goal when well on top (although we often don't score the first either!) and eventually concede.

I hesitate to say this but I think the defence is more solid than for a couple of seasons. This is all relative, of course, but Dickie looks good (lucky to get away with another pull back in the area though), Kakay has exceeded expectations (right back position much stronger than on Saturday, and Kakay's energy going forward important to support BOS). And we now have a decent keeper - more than decent, a good keeper. Hamalainen gets stick but gets little support from players in front of him. The defence coped better than I expected when Millwall had that dangerous last 15 minutes. Now if only they practised defending set pieces.
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Terriers steamroller woeful Rangers – Report
at 15:23:03

Why have I applied for tickets in the ballot? Because I remember those magnificent moments that brought such joy and still believe (in spite of the evidence) that I might see one or more next weekend or the following Tuesday... please!!

And to be reminded of those beautiful moments I've just watched WBA v Palace. Darnell played well even on the receiving end of a thrashing, but there were some lovely moments from Eberi Eze, gliding through midfield, around statuesque defenders. One of the other things we miss is how he could win free kicks and relieve pressure on our defence. He won at least two free kicks this way for Palace. In the Huddersfield game we never found a way of easing the pressure or getting forward after a Terrier's attack broke down.

And of course there were all the other problems Clive has described.

Finally, just don't understand why Kane was not taken off at half time.

Thanks Clive for reminding us just how awful it was.
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Lather, rinse, repeat - Report
at 19:09:41

Yes, but... Don't disagree, but if we are playing largely as well as a year ago without Wells, Hugill, Eze, Manning (+ Amos) that's quite an achievement! We've got a decent goalie, a decent centre half in Dickie (of course he got a bit over confident playing out from the back last night, but he's still young), a decent striker, a couple of useful looking signings (Willock, Carroll, maybe Kelman) and overall a younger team.

For some reason I'm obviously in a positive mood today, but if only they could put two good 45 minutes together. Please!
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Different story, same outcome – Report
at 19:02:59

Apart from being poor at defending set pieces why are we so poor when we get corners? When was the last time we scored from a corner?

BTW when Kane was red carded and Hämäläinen subbed didn't we end up with just 2 defenders?

But as Clive says, this performance was not all bad news.
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Chair presses QPR's point amidst penalty controversies - Report
at 22:32:16

So is Tom Carroll a good player? In which case another triumph for the scouting/buying team. He's obviously had potential, but maybe our coaching staff can help him produce it regularly.

One of the curiosities of the season has been judging the quality of the opposition. Watford, top of the table, I assumed would be class, but after a decent first half, they just fell away. Although that might be down to our improved effort in the second 45, but might it also be because they weren't actually that good???

As ever we seem capable of beating 'good' teams and being rubbish against poor teams. So as Clive says, rather dreading Rotherham.
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Riches to rags, beauty to beast, QPR crash at Cov - Report
at 21:05:55

Excellent on taking the knee, and tackling racism, but Rs can't let themselves be out-manipulated. Of course as a club our record is one we can be proud of, but we should still take the knee, shallow gesture or not.

I read your interview with Warbs and tbh he wasn't convincing on the defensive weaknesses. I'm sure they practice defending, but they clearly don't practice it enough or well enough. Surely there must be someone on the coaching staff with the relevant experience and if not get someone in. Teams with poorer squads than ours are frequently better drilled.
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The end of the beginning – Column
at 14:00:02

Beautiful - Eb's first touch even more than Clive's writing. Good to be reminded of the racism that I'm sure is part of the backstory. So much to enjoy: the first touch, the ability to see a pass before most of us realise he's got the ball and the ability to not go past defenders, but mysteriously through them, materialising goal side.

As a team we will miss him enormously, not just for the beautiful stuff, but for being an outlet to desperate defenders and winning a steady succession of free kicks. Clive is right about the business model Rs must follow, but it will be tough for us next season, even with a few mill' to spend and Chair (Bettache anyone?) to come.

Reading this I could almost feel a little moisture in the corner of my eye - must be some dust.
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Second half R's storm back with ten men - Report
at 12:05:29

That is just so dumb to be thinking about the play offs. Err, but actually the first thing I did after hearing the result was to check how many points we were off 6th place. As I said dumb!

The second thing I did was buy my ticket for Charlton, but inconsistency is our middle name, so now would be the time for a little flutter on Charlton, except of course I couldn't.

COYRs
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Clarke-inspired rally comes too late for QPR against Bristol City - Report
at 22:37:30

Good stuff, Clive. Yes the financial management is right (alas) but that doesn't explain why we were so lethargic for 90 minutes (I exaggerate, maybe 75) before springing to life. Or why we can't get a shot on target for God knows how long, or were afraid to pass the ball forwards for what seems like hours on end, or can't defend corners or crosses. Warbs is the right manager but what happens on the training ground that leads to this dull, lifeless 90 (or 75) minutes?? What are the rest of the coaching staff doing??
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Do you want the options again? Always the same... Report
at 17:17:41

Spot on Clive. Direction of travel for the club is right. Warbs has done more right than wrong. How he manages this transfer window (+ the next, assuming the club don't pull the plug) is key to us continuing to improve. Getting another manager in would just be adding to the catalogue of bad decisions at the club.

But I just don't get why he can't get these players to mark effectively in our penalty area and look like they want to win the ball in 50:50 challenges, or even 60:40 ones. Even if he is the right man he should (with all the other coaching staff on the payroll) be able to make some progress in these areas. We may have a couple of players who aren't good enough, but Manning, Hall, Scowen (although he's out of favour) have shown in previous seasons that they can tackle and provide a bit of bite. It's one of the reasons I like to see Hugill come on as he will battle away in spite of his limitations (at least one attempt to get the 3 points for a drop goal in every match).

This frustrates fans as the team look half arsed and feeble, when we know fans would always want to see passion + commitment, sometimes (sadly) more than skill.
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End of Term Report 18/19 – Strikers
at 17:18:17

Great stuff Clive, agree almost completely, esp re Eze. Part of his problem is he looks too casual, so when things don't come off he seems more culpable than a real tryer. We'd always forgive Jamie if he things didn't work cos he ran his balls off.

Although Maclaren has to take the blame, (26 starts straight off!) I worry that the club set up don't know how to manage youngsters. If Warbs makes the same mistakes with Chair who is going to tell him??

Have a really good + well deserved summer holiday.
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Back to life, back to reality – Report
at 16:17:38

Think you've done well there Clive to keep the F word count down! I've supported Rs for 40+ years now so will renew my season ticket, but I probably will when the world's reduced to a desert and Rs are playing with jumpers for goal posts on the Scrubs. Think it's called fatalism. And also that feeling that once in a while the Rs do something magnificent, usually when you least expect it. In other words we'll beat Frank Lampard's Derby next up and pigs will soar over the ground.
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QPR fall in familiar Preston hole – Report
at 23:01:36

Have to agree that Cousins time is up. Although it was right to take him off at half time we needed more strength in midfield. Eze playing deeper just wasn't right. I understand the criticism of Smith but he did win a few headers (admittedly only one ended up near Wells) and for a while we had more possession in the PNE half, but once that threat had been weathered our midfield was overrun even more than in the first half. Obvs we need to give Manning a run, or even better hope Cam is fit v soon.
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And for our next trick – Report
at 18:05:27

Definitely a great performance. I assume the club have various technical ways of assessing players fitness/tiredness and Freeman can just run and run for 46 games (+ more with a cup run). Equally perhaps Eze has more stamina than you'd expect from a 20 year old.
Hard to critise anything about the selection and performance. The weaknesses needed to happen (I know that's a strange way of putting it). Hall needed to have a rusty game, Ingram needed to show he could recover from an error, and any mistakes by youngsters were all part of the learning, both for them and the coaches. Bring on Pompey!
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QPR make their point amidst Villa Park controversy - Report
at 19:23:28

No team will ease off if they have a chance of promotion. All a question of seeing what happens. But as Clive has pointed out before teams are getting wise to how we play so points from here on in might be tougher. Along with many others I see one of Macca's weaknesses is his use of substitutes. If Eze needs resting/gets more closely marked or if teams push agile pacy attackers up against L & L we won't find it easy to get to 76 points, but WTF, this has been a great season so far. Much better than anyone could have expected. The team and staff deserve a lot of praise.
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