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First comment since the play-off final, the importance of this game has finally dawned on me. Been meaning to thank you Clive for your continued excellent journalism. If we can pull out a performance as good as the "Swedish-Brazilian pubic hair formation" comment in the last match report we are home and dry. I was in Belgrade for that legendary 4-0 defeat and also on the balloon plane home with the players, a memory I'm still trying to surpress.
|A way to win - report|
First comment this season due to earlier disillusion with the club and a feeling of total apathy.
After Saturday nearly everything is forgiven. I get over for a couple of games a season and had become a total jinx to the club. The last victory I had witnessed was the win against Barnsley when Fitz Hall scored a couple back in the middle ages.
Friends and relatives begged me to stay away from this one, I was half expecting to be dragged off by customers officers at Stansted on arrival and placed in a detention centre for the weekend.
What a game to break the losing streak. My greatest experience as an R's fan. Let's not cock this up again.
|Lacklustre QPR grateful to Green for Yeovil win – report|
Thanks again for keeping us updated. Almost totally reliant on these reports since we dropped out of the premier league, only the odd R's championship game shown here live. Time for a visit soon.
I was at the cup game in Yeovil back in the eighties and seem to remember being welcomed into their supporters club bar before the game. The scrumpy made the pitch even more sloped than it usually was. I've always considered Yeovil to be a more charming version of Norwich, they've certainly got a better song which in itself is hardly difficult.
|Mbia heads for the exit as QPR prepare for Swindon visit – preview|
A mate of mine watched the R's train in Dubai as they recharged their batteries/went on the lash before the final push for premiership survival. He reckons that 'Arry screamed until he was blue in the face as he tried to convey a simple move from a dead ball situation to Mbia, without success. Made Diakité seem like a fairly level headed player.
|Taarabt and Remy loaned out, QPR start with two wins – diary|
Sad to see the back of Adel. I hope that he thrives in the Premiership and returns back to W12. For me the spectacular goals, tricks and neat passes have always outweighed the greediness and tantrums. Also felt that he knuckled down well during mid-season whilst many others had completely given up. No comment on the hero worship of Barton.
|The kits are alright|
Agree with some of the above, an extra hoop is definitely needed. And the badge is shite, looks like Briatore found some generic clipart, stuck our name on it and then left us with it. It would be great if we could get The Beano to sponsor the second kit.
The third kit would suit my Dad as he's colour blind.
|End of term report – midfielders|
Thanks for that Clive.
Tragic what's happened to Faurlin, it would be nice to see him given another chance if he's managed to shake off the after effects of his injury. One of the old school. It doesn't seem as though Redknapp has any time for him though.
Spot on about the disaster that was Park. At least some of our pre-season opposition seems to be a bit stronger than it was in the ridiculous brand building friendlies we were involved in last year.
|A lot of quality in the building|
Thanks for all of your articles this past season Clive.
Hughes eh? Good at getting jobs, just crap at doing them. The dream scenario would be to beat Stoke in a big cup game or final, that is if Hughes is still in charge by then.
|Newcastle benefit from Bosingwa’s trial by terrace – full match report|
Well done for actually commiting pen to paper after that.
The selection of Mbia, Hoilett and Boswinga remains a mystery to me. Unless there was some strange twisted logic about putting them in the shop window for potential buyers. Well now they've ended up at the bottom of the bargain bucket, underneath the VHS cassettes, at the back of the "everything for a pound" shop after their displays on Sunday.
At risk of creating a recurring theme, it feels to me as though Fernandes is stuck with Harry as he doesn't really know where else to turn. We are not an attractive proposition to any up and coming manager at the moment. I'm far from convinced about Redknapp, one minute we are staying up, the next we are a bottom half of the table championship side. I just get the feeling that we are supplying a steady wage to a man who's career is rapidly fizzling out. Whereas with Hughes it has become clear that we were totally shafted from the beginning.
Let's clear out the rot and work from solid foundations, we need to get the feel good factor back at Loftus Road. We should be realistic and not be looking at an instant return to the Premiership, I think it's far more a case of steadying the ship and avoiding relegation next season.
New training ground and youth academy, new manager, overhaul of squad, more passion and fight, more content fans - take it from there.
|Walcott’s lightning start enough to slay QPR – full match report|
Cheers for the report Clive. I'm not at all convinced that we should stick with Redknapp next season, he's starting to contradict himself on a regular basis and is covering his back in case of a new meltdown which he is almost predicting. I'd like to see a fresh face. But what do you do about recruiting the right man when you don't have "football" people in charge? Fernandes musn't get shafted again.
Oh and Ji-Sung Park, f*cking dreadful.
|Bore draw relegates Royals and Rangers – full match report|
Thanks for the report.
First league game that I've missed all season either via TV or in the Bush, due to attending of a beer brewing course. Reading your description of the game it seems as though I made a very wise decision.
Can't see 'Arry sticking around for next season. But who the hell can we attract now? Poyet? Solskjaer? Any suggestions?
Some nice seaside trips possibly on the agenda at least.
|Was Cisse’s goal all for nothing? Full match preview|
Fair play to you Clive that you can retain the energy to write with quality, I wonder what the literary equivalent of the second half at Everton would read like.
This game has the feel of a testimonial about it and I'll be watching more for entertainment than because of any fragment of hope. I too would like to see Adel start, find it hard to understand people who've been on his back all season.
|Last-gasp Maloney strike devastates QPR – full match report|
Thanks Colin for a very well written and accurate match report with some excellent observations about off field "activities" as well.
I sat on my own (not in W12 obviously) and performed a confused goal celebration as Remy hit the target - joy and appreciation because of the quality of the strike, tenured by a reluctant and realistic acceptance of relegation that's been nagging at me since November.
So much has happened at our club in the last two seasons, most of it negative. Calling it "our club" feels slightly wrong as the distance between the players and the people that pay good money to support them every week (magnificent away support to boot) seems to increase with every game.
I find myself harking back and asking if the lower division days with Bircham, Cook, Rowlands, Ainsworth etc weren't a far more enjoyable experience? The Premier League has changed beyond recognition since we were last in it. It's great to win at Stamford Bridge or come back from two down at home to Liverpool, but the whole "package" is just losing its charm.
And then like a crack addict in need of an immediate fix you find yourself mumbling -five wins and we can do it. Is there any way of being weaned off the blue and white hooped substance in order to get things in general into relative proportion?
|Behind Enemy Lines – The view from Villa Park|
Nice article John.
I remember my only visit to Villa Park in the late seventies as a spotty teenager for our League Cup semi-final. We stood behind the goal facing the Holte End, the view of moutainous terrace facing us blew me away.
Did Shearer really say that? If I was Adel I would consider it the ultimate accolade.
|QPR left to lament killer three minute spell – full match report|
Thanks for that Clive.
Gutted. Just to repeat what others have said, their equaliser was already in the script after we hit the post. Very bad decision making by Cesar, no communication with Bosingwa when the cross came in and they both speak Portuguese! If Green had played? Whatever. If my auntie had bollocks she'd be my uncle.
Be interesting to see how we pick up the pieces at Fulham. If anything at least we're in for a (painfully) entertaining run-in
|Townsend’s spectacular strike keeps improbable escape bid alive – full match report|
Two out and out wingers and two real forwards, is the solution as simple as that? The Townsend and Jenas goals had confidence written all over them. Mind you Sunderland were pretty dire in the first half. Now how do we play Villa? Keep it tight and secure at least a draw or a more cavalier approach (meaning changes behind the front two) and go for it?
There did seem to be a united team spirit at the end of the game which can only add to our chances.
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