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The rat is back – Report
at 08:58:29

Cheers Clive. I coach my son's school-boy team. He plays right back and if he allowed his opponent all the time and space he wanted to cut inside and score, he wouldn't appear for the second half.
That is only the second worthwhile thing Hemed (debut goal) has done since he arrived. Those 3 points he has earned may be quite precious in the overall scheme of things but they are certainly very expensive.
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QPR plumb new depths in Rotherham debacle - Report
at 21:23:51

It's the same players (and manager) we were lauding at Christmas because we were within touching distance of the play-offs. Never wanted Hemed as I thought he was a gratuitous. But is our rapid decline solely down to Cameron and Rangel's (who nobody wanted ) absence? Confidence is a massive factor with players and at the moment we have zero. Ironically we lost at home to Hull due to complacency - how we love a touch of that arrogance now?
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The annual meek surrender at Griffin Park - Report
at 23:00:25

Cheers Clive. Results over the weekend made the victory V Leeds even more unlikely. You can talk formations and tactics all day long. i wasn't a huge fan of Cameron when we signed him. Thought he was unfit and the signing, like Hemed was gratuitous (was right about him at least), but in fact he is the player we have missed the most. He was our Shaun Derry, protecting the CB's . We wont have him next year. Brilliant to have Hall fit but can he fill that role next year?
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Freeman heroics snap QPR's latest losing run - Report
at 14:20:34

Just don't get the obsession with player ratings. Just an average mark over the ninety minutes, the criteria for which, Clive has explained many times previously
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Freeman heroics snap QPR's latest losing run - Report
at 22:47:26

Cheers Clive - clearly you're relieved
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And then a hero comes along – Knee Jerks
at 20:49:49

Cheers Antti - such a relief! Freeman will go, for the reasons outlined by Clive (again) last week and the reason we tied him down to a new contract. He will join a good Championship club with genuine aspirations of promotion (Villa/Forest/Derby) for 3.5/4m
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Seven games in a leaky boat – Report
at 21:50:45

Cheers Clive and kudos to the travelling support. RE your paragraph 'Rule Number One: Keep it tight' I was thinking the same thing myself as my phone informed of the first goal after two minutes. RE Manning being played out of position; to be fair he made his name at Galway as a left-winger. But I take your point about players making cameo roles and then disappearing - shades of Holloway last season.
I said back in early December that we would pick up far less points in the 2nd half of the season due to the way the fixtures had fallen (and got a bit of flak for it) and so it has proved although more spectacularly than I had envisioned. In my head I had hoped for 30 points by Christmas and 20-25 afterwards. Boy am I glad of those 'bonus' 9 points now. But after Leeds things will get better - won't it, won't it, won't it?
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QPR haunted at the witching hour once more – Report
at 12:48:21

Cheers TheChef - interesting that Lynch is valued at half a mil more than Furs!
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QPR haunted at the witching hour once more – Report
at 20:55:02

Clive, is Lynch out of contract this summer? Please say yes. What happened to the form that raised talk of a Wales call-up?
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QPR haunted at the witching hour once more – Report
at 13:03:38

Cheers Clive. So for the third time time in less than two seasons we have lost 6 (league) games on the trot (and come damn close on another occasion) having only suffered that once previously in our entire history. That's a hard thing to achieve in a league when anyone can and does literally beat anyone. Not just bad luck me thinks.
(1)You can't just change systems after a run of games without a win and then stick with the new system even when it's not working. You need to choose a team and a system for EVERY game, depending on the opposition and the venue
(2) You can't off-load all your kids and reduce your options to 15/16 players
(3) You cant expect Hall to play 5 games in a fortnight having not played for 2 years
(4) You CAN'T CAN'T CAN'T play an in-form Smith with no width or wingers
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No accounting for success - Preview
at 15:23:54

Excellent piece Clive and a timely reminder of exactly where we are. You will probably need to copy and paste several times over the next 12 months I suspect. With regard to Chair and Eze and Lumley et al we should be supporting them not just because for financial reasons but because we are... supporters - something a lot of people lose sight of very quickly when things go pear shaped
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Baggies eyeing big finish in bounce-back year – Interview
at 10:44:45

Completely superficial to a very articulate and thoughtful piece by Matt, but do the four guys wearing Moore masks all have identical real hair?
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Watford bring curtain down on QPR's cup hopes - Report
at 12:05:44

Cheers Clive, frustrating night all around. I fantasied it would end 0-0 and Wells would score the winning penalty to atone for Birmingham!
Big question is where do we go from here for the remainder of the season? With the season effectively over,it would have been an excellent opportunity for McClaren to use his much vaunted coaching skills on the kids on the periphery of the squad - why we appointed him in the first place as I recall - but with the majority of them loaned out, that chance is gone. Real danger too that the players will wind down early especially the loanees (Has Hemed already thrown in the [beach] towel?). Those fighting for a new contract should keep playing well, but difficult to imagine anything except the season just drifting away. Just as well Ipswich, Bolton, Reading and Rotherham are as bad as they are, but still need to gain a few points sharpish to keep the sleepless nights at bay!
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Tough times – Knee Jerks
at 11:38:38

Thanks Antti. all true but as i said earlier this season (after Blackburn I think) 1-0 is the result I hate the most. 2 or 3 nil and you know you've been well beaten, 2-1 and at least you've scored , but 1-0 ... nothing but frustration
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Doing it tough - Knee Jerks
at 22:23:40

Thanks Antti, You can always be guaranteed that we will find new and exciting ways to lose. Can't remember the stats now, but when Olli lost 6 league games in a row for the first time, that was the first time in like a gazillion years. Now we are staring down the barrel at 3 times in 2 years
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Talk to me about your fairytale ending - Report
at 00:46:58

Wow Clive, I was critical of what I felt was over-the -top personal criticism of Clarke last weekend but this is pure poetry. Stunning writing. I don't really miss not being at the games but I sure as hell wish i had been at Loftus Road twice this week. Got my first Laugh Out Loud with 'Do not adjust your set' and had many more after. I guess Smith is letting out a season of frustration right now and long may it last . Mind you, amidst all the euphoria and pandemonium lets not forget we're in the midst of a Hollowayesque losing streak and the sooner we address that the better
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Blues much improved, but points deduction threat lingers - Interview
at 15:00:12

One thing that strikes me when reading these interviews is how at least one thing seems to resonate with our club. In this case it is the slight criticism of Monk being slow to make substitutions or being overly loyal to some players, which is definitely something we can relate to. I guess despite all the rivalry, Championship fans have much the same concerns up and down the country
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QPR power past Pompey into FA Cup fifth round - Report
at 20:48:28

Very rich piece Clive -full of vivid imagery Wasn't there or was i?
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I just want to tell you good luck, we're all counting on you - Preview
at 14:18:42

Not so sure Clive, I agree we should get past Portsmouth, but can't see us overcoming Watford who are in a similar position just a division higher. Anyway, one game at a time and all that and it would maintain the feelgood factor for another couple of weeks when hopefully we'll get the loan signings back. Hemed has, I feel, plenty to prove and hopefully will come up with half-a dozen goals by season end
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QPR's league slide continues with pitifully weak Wigan showing - Report
at 23:04:32

I wonder would a slight change in formation make us more effective and less predictable. Moving Freeman more central alongside Luongo where he was very effective last season, pushing Eze further up the pitch as a genuine 10 off Wells and bringing in BOS on the left. It might make us more vulnerable down the centre but it worked pretty well in 2011 with Derry protecting the back-four and Fraulin being more creative. Not saying Eze is the new Tarrabt, but we are pretty much stuck with the same personnel for the rest of the season bar the loanees returning from injury, so we do need to shake it up a bit.
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