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Queens Park Rangers v Norwich City Your Report added at 19:03:39
...or even Norwich who have managed promotion, relegation and now promotion again really well, without panic sackings or over-priced buys and kept the core of the team together still playing good football.

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Queens Park Rangers v Norwich City Your Report added at 19:00:32
In the end given several players had an 'off' day - Dieng (who must have been affected by his broken nose and man in the iron mask look), Dickie (tired after a tough season - his first at this level), Johansen (gave the ball away several times early in the match) - and no one had a good game until the subs came on, Rs didn't play too badly. They were just up against a very good team who punished our errors.

The starting line up may have been wrong - too little muscle in midfield, but I don't blame the gaffer for trying an attacking line up that had shown real promise - but I thought Warbs subs were spot on and with a but of luck we could have snatched a not really deserved point. Albert yet again gave a master class in crossing and Austin used his guile to get into good positions, but in the end those mistakes cost us.

A word of praise for Northwich
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Middlesbrough v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added at 17:48:53
I thought before the Rotherham game that the Rs would show resilience if under pressure and of course they caved in after a good start. Today after an excellent start and then conceding a goal and having Seny sent off we showed terrific resilience. You can always rely on the Rs to be inconsistent!

It has to be said that Boro weren't great and even when we were down to 10 men they didn't make the most of the advantage, although Joe Lumley did make a couple of crucial stops.

Dykes, Willock and Chair were excellent, the latter two looking as if they'd benefitted from the midweek rest. I think the experiment of Albert at wing back wasn't a success. His positioning often poor, but he does give us plenty going forward. Thomas started well but seemed to fade out of the game as he had done midweek.

MotM - maybe Lumley, or if that doesn't seem deserved for half an hour's work, them Willock.
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Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday Your Report added at 09:18:39
Not quite as comfortable as the scoreline suggests. Certainly in the first half this was a pretty even battle and our defence was stretched on a number of occasions. Giving Bannon as much room as he could want in midfield didn't seem a good idea and Kakay's positioning seemed a bit out, but not as 'out' as Barbet and Wallace when Wednesday scored. Windass had the penalty area pretty much to himself.

The second half was better. Bannon had less room and Johansen and Willock were finding cute angles and passes. Dykes an obvious MotM for two terrific headers, the first won't be bettered this season. And good to see Johansen get on the score sheet, not least because I had a fiver at 5-1! I thought Willock's goal was offside, but we haven't had many iffy decisions go our way lately. Maybe Kakay's earlier penalty area challenge was another one.

So on to Rotherham. According to everything we know about Rs we should fail to turn up and give them an easy three points in their relegation battle. But I think there are signs of toughness and resilience in this team now so I might have another fiver on Dykes keeping his scoring run going.
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Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday Your Report added at 23:12:45
Not quite as comfortable as the scoreline suggests. Certainly in the first half this was a pretty even battle and our defence was stretched on a number of occasions. Giving Bannon as much room as he could want in midfield didn't seem a good idea and Kakay's positioning seemed a bit out, but not as 'out' as Barbet and Wallace when Wednesday scored. Windass had the penalty area pretty much to himself.

The second half was better. Bannon had less room and Johansen and Willock were finding cute angles and passes. Dykes an obvious MotM for two terrific headers, the first won't be bettered this season. And good to see Johansen get on the score sheet, not least because I had a fiver at 5-1! I thought Willock's goal was offside, but we haven't had many iffy decisions go our way lately. Maybe Kakay's earlier penalty area challenge was another one.

So on to Rotherham. According to everything we know about Rs we should fail to turn up and give them an easy three points in their relegation battle. But I think there are signs of toughness and resilience in this team now so I might have another fiver on Dykes keeping his scoring run going.
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Nottingham Forest v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added at 22:35:49
Well that was inevitable after hopes were raised by the Coventry performance. Somehow Rs never got going. Although you could say the first half was fairly even, and we had two half decent chances (Austin and Johansen) in truth we kept giving the ball away, never got our passing going, and the wing backs, who have been so important going forward, got little change from a well-organised Forest defence and midfield.

I don't know whether we were just bad, or if Forest had really worked on nullifying our game. There were elements of luck in their goals - there was a clear pull back on Barbet for the first (although he should have been stronger), and I suspect attempts to replicate the second and third goals would end up with the ball in the stands. But they looked a well-drilled team who were either stronger or quicker in the challenges and often both. Hughton is a decent manager who hasn't had a lot of luck. Think they might be worth an early bet for play-offs at least next season.

And then again what do I know.

PS whoever puts together the voting options above forgot, arguably our MotM, Albert!
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Queens Park Rangers v Coventry City Your Report added at 18:50:20
We were strong all over the pitch - no weak links. Chair was man of the match, although it would be good if he could find the net more reliably, but as he is our top scorer I probably shouldn't complain.

Field had his best game for us so far and covered acres of ground. He gets through a lot of vital defensive work, but in this game showed more in the final third.

Did anyone think Kakay was preferred because of Kane's crass comments? If so a good decision by Warbs.
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Queens Park Rangers v Millwall Your Report added at 10:09:18
Terrific fightback and after dismal first half (reminded me of the worst of last season) we deserved the three points for character and skill. I couldn't believe how poor our first half defending was and but for Seny we could have conceded more. Dickie's worst performance since those daft penalties/free kicks at the beginning of the season. And Cameron looked lost in midfield.

I don't understand why Dom Ball has slipped so far down the midfield pecking order. He's clearly not as talented as Field and Johansen, but offers more energy and drive than Cameron.

And finally Lee Wallace, rightly singled out by Warbs for praise. In recent games his non-stop bursts down the wing have been more and more effective and the quality of the final ball has immeasurably improved. His defending is better as well but he's still inclined to switch off or not get tight enough to the attacker. He's now a crucial part of the line up. Perhaps being replaced by Hämäläinen for those few games when he was injured has helped his motivation.
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Queens Park Rangers v Huddersfield Town Your Report added at 10:22:36
Very disappointing. After a decent first half it seemed clear that our midfield was being outplayed, but substitutions were too late and didn't really address the problem. Although he doesn't have the quality of Johansen or Field I thought we needed Ball's energy to get a grip and break up Huddersfield's control. The substitutions didn't achieve anything.
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Queens Park Rangers v Wycombe Wanderers Your Report added at 20:06:03
An ugly win, but not underserved. We were the better team, but the fluency and penetration seen against Bristol C were not in much evidence, as Wycombe played with conviction and determination, at least in midfield. The Chairboys were a strange mix- not strong at the back and poor upfront, but their midfield managed to control the game for longish periods. The sort of game that before Christmas we'd have thrown away, but now we're sterner stuff.
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Bristol City v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added at 18:35:28
This performance reminded me of those heady days a year ago when we're poor 5 and 6 goals passed Cardiff and Swansea. We were excellent all over the park. The only cause for concern is that Bristol City were exceptionally poor, rarely pressing or putting our midfield under pressure. And we really should have had 4 or more goals.

There wasn't a weak link in the team, but I've given Seny a rating of 6 only because he had little to do. Think Johansen just shades man of the match.
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Bristol City v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added at 10:05:38
This performance reminded me of those heady days a year ago when we're poor 5 and 6 goals passed Cardiff and Swansea. We were excellent all over the park. The only cause for concern is that Bristol City were exceptionally poor, rarely pressing or putting our midfield under pressure. And we really should have had 4 or more goals.

There wasn't a weak link in the team, but I've given Seny a rating of 6 only because he had little to do. Think Johansen just shades man of the match.
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Queens Park Rangers v Brentford Your Report added at 19:39:02
Compared to last season our defence is a lot stronger. Handling the Bees forwards is not easy. They've got a lot of skill wanna pace and can be very physical (yes, you Mr Toney), but we stood up well to the pressure.

The subs were the key difference. Good decisions by Warbs and Willock in particular was excellent. Have to give MotM to Charlie, not necessarily for his goal or skill, but for keeping the whole team fired up.
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Watford v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added at 14:28:11
This team showed they can be good and deserve a lot of praise for keeping up the pressing and passing for most of the 90 minutes. Kane had his best game of the season and I've thought in the last couple of games his defending had been better, getting tighter on wingers. Tonight his crossing was also better but not necessarily as good as the Sky commentators thought.

Johansen looked rusty, but showed potential. Wallace came through his first game back pretty well considering. Charlie is, of course, our hero, but I thought (I never thought I'd say this) Dom Ball was man of the match. Perhaps I'm losing my grip but I thought his passing was much better, he got in tackles (often clumsy, a yellow card waiting to happen), made interceptions and drove the team forward. He's always positive and energetic and maybe has a bit more skill than we'd thought.

But I'll wait to see what Clive thinks!
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Queens Park Rangers v Derby County Your Report added at 19:18:07
Not a disaster (we know a disaster, we've seen quite a few in recent years), but disappointing. There were good spells and some half chances, but I can only remember 2 saves by their keeper, and although it would have been spectacular it's hard to call Barbet's overhead kick a real chance.

In the opening period Derby disrupted us by pressing across the back three and the midfield. We did get into the game in the middle period, but the midfield always looked weak. Ball does his best, Willock had some good moments but too often was muscled off the ball and still seems short of full fitness, and Chair often got into promising positions, and again isn't physical enough, and the Derby defence always managed to restrict his influence. I thought there were numerous occasions when he should have taken on the full back, but his lack of a left foot forced him back inside where the defensive traffic was heavier.

We're missing Carroll. And it's worth remembering that we don't have Eze (OK we all remember well enough) but he had the strength to ride challenges and/or win free kicks. More gym work for Chair and Willock!

The full backs remain a weakness, but apart from the goal our back 3 looked solid.

As midweek the ref gave us nothing, including another obvious handball which should have been a penalty. But Rs aren't cute enough to realise that opposition players will go down under any slight contact so need to get their body position right so it's clearer to the ref that it's not a foul.
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Cardiff City v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added at 16:47:05
As others have said this could easily have been 2, 3 or even 4 nil, with Austin and Dykes goals ruled out harshly and a stonewall penalty. Dieng excellent as he has been pretty well all season - I can only think of a couple of mistakes. Either his positioning is superb or he is lucky as a lot of shots do go straight at him, but his handling is pretty well faultless. But if he does have a poor run lets give him some leeway. The club do need to get him on to a long contract urgently.

Willock in midfield will be an interesting experiment. Not entirely successful last night, but the goal will boost his confidence, tho' to be honest I don't see him as the insecure type. He will need to toughen up, but he has an eye for a good pass or cross. Our midfield does look thin with Amos and Carroll out for sometime.

Good to see Kakay back on the pitch.
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Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City Your Report added at 15:14:50
Well how predictable was that?

The most striking point I noted is how when we attacked our players were tightly marshalled (martialed??) by the Swan defenders while of course our defenders have a more easy going attitude to defending. I can only conclude that our lot are just not coached to get tight, close down urgently, be ready for the counter, etc.

Hard to make excuses for Warbs. I agree getting rid of him isn't going to lead to a magical transformation, but we are worse with the same players compared to a couple of months ago. Is that just confidence shot to bits?

Thought Ball and Chair tried hard.
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Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City Your Report added at 16:54:40
I think Rs edged this game, although Stoke were without some key players. The defence does look stronger, Dickie, as ever, outstanding. Best effort so far from young Hamalainen - made a couple of important headers and committed one crucial foul, giving him the benefit of the doubt I'll say it was deliberate.

I'm sure at half time everyone thought we'd concede in the second half, but we withstood some sustained pressure. Although a costly defensive error never feels far away my sense is we are shipping fewer goals even if we are still not winning, and some of the defeats can be called unlucky. But resorting to luck as an explanation is rarely a good look.

Chair was our best hope of a goal - possibly our only hope - always looking to receive and create. Dykes had a better second half after a disappointing opening 45, including what looked like one glaring miss. Adomah had some good moments before fading. Just beginning to wonder if Willock flatters to deceive - little end product.

And don't think I spotted any major errors or over-fussy refereeing from Mr Stroud!

So that's probably the last game I'll see this season or at least for several months. I think the club under Tier 2 managed the games well. Would have liked to see a bit more consistent mask-wearing in the stands but most complied. Back to the Nick & Andy show!
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Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City Your Report added at 09:31:03
I think Rs edged this game, although Stoke were without some key players. The defence does look stronger, Dickie, as ever, outstanding. Best effort so far from young Hamalainen - made a couple of important headers and committed one crucial foul, giving him the benefit of the doubt I'll say it was deliberate.

I'm sure at half time everyone thought we'd concede in the second half, but we withstood some sustained pressure. Although a costly defensive error never feels far away my sense is we are shipping fewer goals even if we are still not winning, and some of the defeats can be called unlucky. But resorting to luck as an explanation is rarely a good look.

Chair was our best hope of a goal - possibly our only hope - always looking to receive and create. Dykes had a better second half after a disappointing opening 45, including what looked like one glaring miss. Adomah had some good moments before fading. Just beginning to wonder if Willock flatters to deceive - little end product.

And don't think I spotted any major errors or over-fussy refereeing from Mr Stroud!

So that's probably the last game I'll see this season or at least for several months. I think the club under Tier 2 managed the games well. Would have liked to see a bit more consistent mask-wearing in the stands but most complied. Back to the Nick & Andy show!
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Huddersfield Town v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added at 14:34:01
I don't get how we can make Huddersfield look like Barca after outplaying (at least for long periods if not the whole 90) some of the best teams in the division. Just awful, a slight improvement in the second half with Ball adding some energy, albeit a bit like a gangly labrador puppy.

I thought Kane's failure to cover attacks down his his flank was a real liability and the source of both goals. He was caught downfield for the first goal, but got back to cover and then decided that actually tackling or pressing was a bit undignified, letting Koroma slot home. Time for Kakay again.

Might be a mistake to actually go to the ground next week to watch it it's like this.
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