Defence got stretched too often but their keeper made some good saves as well. I didn't realise quite how good Lumley's save at 3-1 was. If our players had been sharper they may have cleared his save that then led to the 3-1 scoreline.
Lots of gaps when we lost the ball today. Have to be more compact and get back quicker.
The games we were winning with this formation seemed to work well when we let teams come at us, then broke them up and countered. We were winning games on 35-45% of possession. Perhaps because we aren't that quick at the back and our midfield then shielded that quite deep and we broke smartly. Which bizarrely is against the way we traditionally play but it was working.
The last 3 games we have dominated possession and shipped 7 goals. Teams appear to be letting us come at them and doing the same to us. Our back 4 are experienced but they are slow and when we take the game to teams with this set up we appear to leave big holes and the back 4 exposed.
Or perhaps our concentration has slipped? But whatever it is our domination of possession seems to be having a counter effect if you look at the stats. We need to work out how to play and shore up with Leeds and Boro next. .
I think the rule, as I remember it, is that if you tackle and get the ball cleanly it's a tackle. Brilliant tackle by Scowen. Clearly takes the ball. No idea at all how the ref sees that as a penalty. If the lino is on that side, no idea if he was, that should have been overturned. Dreadful decision, but we all see them given.
6 foot 5, he's a big unit. Really impressed with how fast he gets to ground, particularly for snap shots. Will get better at crosses. Very lucky to have him after Smithies, who is yet to play a game for Cardiff.
I have to hold my hands up and say I would driven McClaren anywhere else but here after Swansea and Blackpool but we're suddenly 3 points off the automatic promotion spots. But I have to be fair and say that although I don't like the way he has frozen out some of our young talent he has put a very well drilled tough unit together and he has realised how much Pav adds. Cameron is a revelation and Lynch and Leistner have been absolute rocks. Never would have thought it. So, credit where it's due.
Always wished we had done the sensible thing and signed him when he was here desperate to join.
I can't say I will be sorry if he does miss the game after scoring twice against us last season at LR. Poor guy was almost falling to his knees for a short cry after both goals. Never seen a player more distraught about scoring. Two total non celebrations. That's the life of a QPR fanatic who ends up playing and scoring against their favourite team. He even came to clap our three stands at the end looking mortified.
Great player, yet another Ranger player who we passed on. And look how good he became.