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Down to the Wood – Column
at 19:58:48

To be fair, if it those 3, we will be better for it. But we’d have been better off holding back on earlier signings as those 3 would make us overstocked in several positions for a club in our predicament.
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QPR turn to loan market to cover impending departures – Signing
at 23:23:03

Lumley
Furlong Leistner Barbet Wallace
Smith Amos
Smyth Eze BOS
Oteh

Chair as cover for Eze and BOS. BOS or Smyth could well end up playing in place of Oteh.

Adults at the back watching the children enjoy themselves, but hopefully not hurt themselves, up ahead.
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Tough battle ahead in ongoing war with FFP - Column
at 21:45:26

Yes, this 19/20 season is the tough one. Get through it and stay up and things get much easier....just as the sh*t will hit the fan for most other clubs.

I can’t see how we can possibly meet FFP next season without selling 2 good players, not replacing them and hoping there’s something on the balance sheet hidden away we can release. I wouldn’t expect to see many more signings unless Hoos really can pull a rabbit out of his hat.

Can’t see how we can possibly afford Wells or similar on loan again, unless they get decent transfer fees for a couple of other players.
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Dreaming of better on the way home from Stoke-on-Trent – Preview
at 20:55:53

Yeah, that’s one of your best, Clive.
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Right system, right players, right result - Report
at 19:34:38

Pavel does really deserve to start in a 4411. Right midfield in that shape is perfect for him because he knows the position, knows the role, he’ll track back, he can sling a cross in and he’ll work hard for the team. The bloke played there for Poland before we signed him. He knows the basics. He should be starting for a bottom half Championship side in his natural position. And Jordan Cousins should never be in front of him.
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Controversial penalty sends QPR to Sheff Utd defeat – Report
at 21:02:43

Thanks for the report, but a 7 for Lynch?! Were we watching the same game. He was terrifying in possession and switched off repeatedly.

Very generous to the ref too. One of the worst and weakest performances i’ve seen in years.
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End of Term Report 17/18 – Goalkeepers
at 10:00:13

I love Alex Smithies.

He played fantastically for us, been a leader on the pitch, professional off it, and is clearly very highly respected by his peers.

He I said so clearly playing at a level beneath himself that it's got to the point I'd be happy for him to leave to further his career. But that last bit is key.

It would be criminal if us and him if he moved to a club in the Championship. His next move should be into the Prem for an established club. I don't say this this lightly but I think there are barely 5 keepers better than him. De Gea, Lloris, Courtois, then who? Pickford? Pope? Butland, if he stays there?

Smithies has the height and size. He's a wonderful shot stopper. Comes and deals with crosses. Rarely spills any shots. Can kick it 10 yards into the other with both feet first time. And has a phenomenal career penalty saving record.

The most basic of scouting would reveal to anyone with an ounce of intelligence that he pisses all over Angus Gunn and most keepers in the Prem.
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QPR end horrible week on high, stunning Wolves - Report
at 07:53:52

Clive, in Pu. Thought Luongo MotM, and that Freeman actually had one of his weaker games. Not bad, just not at his best. Mates in the Paddocks agreed. Luongo was the right call for MotM; so many people have mentioned how well he played. Even leaving down Loftus Rd after a dad accosted me and my mate just so say how well he thought Luongo played.
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Coming home to roost – Column
at 06:07:22

Great article, Clive.
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Rovers' turn, again, to continue QPR's abysmal cup run - Report
at 15:58:31

Clive, that must have been horrible to write.

And fair play for doing so. Your reports are fantastic.

However, really can't agree that "Bidwell was okay". I know football is opinions, but that feels like misrepresentation.

I thought he was woeful and comfortably the worst of the back 4. Their no. 7 was tearing him in the first half. He didn't attack the cross for their first, letting their man get in front of him and get the header on target, and it was down his channel where Blackburn played a simple channel ball to create a 1-1, from which they eventually scored. He is the LB and he was missing in action.

He has a terrible game by any standard. If Perch had played like that, he'd have got pelters and you'd have certainly judged him less than 6. How Onouha can get 6, when he won everything at centre half and made no mistakes, whilst Bidwell made several key errors resulting in goals....
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Whatever happened to QPR's fairytale of New York? Column
at 19:46:40

Great article. Thank you.

On additional point. That story about Darnell not only reflects very well on him, it reflects well on Paul Furlong, as a father. To instil that sort of maturity and leadership in an 18yr old who was on the road to becoming a professional footballer is no mean feat in today's society. It further reinforces my belief, that he's exactly the right sort of former professional, former QPR player, and youth team coach, we want involved at QPR.

Fingers crossed, QPR proves to be a successful home for "two Furlongs".
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My winter with Ollie - Column
at 23:26:23

Love it. Great article. The bloke is a good man, as well as being good man manager. That has to count for something. I so want this to work!
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Runners and riders for QPR’s annual manager hunt, 2016 edition – Column
at 23:34:02

Thanks, Clive. Good right up. Of the short priced favourites, Olly backed by Bircham has its positives, in the short term at least. However, Robinson seems ideal to me. 2 years ago loads of people were banging on about him. He was the hottest young manager in England. Relegation, when all your players have been sold, for MK Dons, is not a failure. He'd be my first choice now.

Saying all that, I do genuinely think Pearson would work here. He has a phenomenal win rate in the Championship and did a sterling job at Leicester. They played the type of quick, physical attacking football QPR fans would like to see. And he builds infrastructure, which we need.
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Well it was never dull - Column
at 20:48:04

A class act, as a player and a person. The best midfielder we've had since Wilkins. The best midfielder at the club today. He will be missed. This feels like a mistake.

But Ale deserves all the success he can possibly get in the future. A great servant to the club.

Thank you, Ale. You will always be part of QPR and I hope you remain a QPR fan for the rest of your life. You'll always be welcome back.
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Unwanted inheritance - Preview
at 14:15:26

"They’ve won none of the seven matches since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink took over and are in a relegation-form sequence of two wins from 13, three wins from 16 and four wins from 21. Away from home, having started the season with wins at Wolves, Yeovil and Huddersfield in the first four trips, Rangers have won one, drawn two and lost seven of the last ten on the road."

The grass isn't always greener.

One wonders how things would have unfolded had the fans not got after Ramsey when we were comfortably midtable, doing fine (if somewhat erratic) and in touch of the playoffs? But we wanted and expected better. It was Ramsey that was holding us back.....hmmm....

Those stats correlate almost exactly with the upturn in the horrible, poisonous, personal atmosphere with regards Ramsey. Causality, I suppose that's down to your interpretation.

If we, as a fanbase, repeat the same thing with Hasselbaink, we deserve what we'll get.

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Beware the club with the long term plan – opposition profile
at 23:25:59

Excellent piece again, Clive.

I actually think, against all logic, that we might get a result tomorrow. Predominantly because Southampton have to have a poor day sooner or later and they may be tired from midweek. But it's important Saints fans, QPR fans, and the media don't mistake a short term win and a one off loss for success. Success can only be judged over years not games. And success isn't restricted to results and league position, it's about doing things the right way: fans being entertained and the long term future of the club being secured. That's what fans, the media, and (hopefully) owners soon realise.
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End of term report – defence
at 12:46:07

Nedum Onouha a 'B'! C'mon Clive!

Most MoMs, highest average fan rating of any player (let along any defender) and he still player over 30 games. How you can justify a 'B' is beyond me.

Presumably Austin will be getting a 'B' for missing 2 months too?

And Dunne an 'A' in spite of being way out of sorts from Jan up to the end of the regular season!

Definitely do not agree.
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A way to win - report
at 23:05:34

Top draw, mate. Top draw!

Wonderful day and a truly astonishing game. That goal, that moment, it was the most phenomenal burst of joy I've ever seen at a sporting ground. Pandemonium, madness, chaotic, unrestrained, it was all these things. And we all deserved it, wherever in the world we might have been.
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Austin beats QPR’s path to Wembley Way – report
at 23:58:00

Great report. For those last 15 minutes Dunne and Onouha were absolute monsters.

Onouha in general is just a Man Beast. How many times over these two legs have forwards just bounced off his shoulders when he's seeing the ball out for a goal kick. Someone said earlier in the season that Nedum "gets bullied". God knows what they've been smoking. Maybe by Chuck Norris, not by anyone else.
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Fernandes provides reassurance, talks of writing off debt - fans forum report
at 15:03:39

Great report. Thank you, Clive. Lots of good stuff said by TF there. I know he hasn't yet backed up some of it with actions and we've not been particularly well run these last two years, but there's lots to be positive about in what he said. Hopefully he and the board will walk the walk now, especially PB, who I'm still not sure really knows what he's doing as a CEO. Seems like he wants to get involved an own certain specific things, rather than ensure success is achieved across the entire club.

Anywho, hope Antti is right. I must say, reading between the lines, it does seem that this might be the case.
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