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|QPR suffer more late heartbreak at Blackburn – Report|
I was in the Riverside stand with a Rovers mate of mine and was right behind Brereton as he made his run in to the box. It was a clumsy challenge and he wasnt even bearing down on goal but you just knew the ref would blow. It was in keeping with many of his other decisions and you do see penalties awarded for less. I actually thought Blackburn had a more legit shout for a pen in the first half which he dismissed.
All that aside it was a dreadful match. We didn't think it could have been worse than the last one at Ewood park but it was. About as bad an ad for Championship football as you're likely to see. The fireworks display and a cheap night out in Darwen after were the highlights!
|Same old FA Cup story for sorry QPR - Report|
Thanks for the report Clive. Good point too about downplaying (or not over-hyping) Paul Smyth. The Club's postings on Facebook after his showing last week were completely OTT, just like they were this time last year for one Ryan Manning; and what's happened to him this season?
As a maturing 50 year old who was lucky enough to get to see the R's at Wembley in 1982 I genuinely feel for the younger generation of fans who have yet to see our team progress to Rd 4. It really is a shocking record, made worse this year due to the pretty strong team the Manager put out. No excuses really.
|The late late show - Report|
As a fan for over 40 years the concept of route one football doesn't sit too comfortably with me but clearly as plan B it worked to devastating effect at the end of the game. So at this juncture in our history, with little money, financial fair play hanging over us, the current manager with his limited tactical awareness and this squad, if that works then let’s give Smith a run in the starting 11 and go 80's Watford style. We also need to shore up the defence, which seemed to be leaving massive spaces on the field for Brentford to fill throughout the game.
One other thing. Clive notes we have 7 defenders and 10 first teamers injured. This seems to happen to us every season, an injury ravaged squad by late Autumn. We always seem to have more injured players than other teams
|Close but no cigar for QPR despite leading twice at Boro - Report|
Thanks for the report Clive. I wasn't at the game but my philosophy following the R's over the last 40 or so years has always been I don't mind losing as long as the team puts in a good shift and leaves it all out there, which these guys seem to be doing for the first time in ages. So fingers crossed we're heading in the right direction.
The injuries are a concern though - you don't want to be reading the words 'injury-ravaged' six weeks in to the season, yet it seems to happen every year to us!
|Sylla leaves it late to slay Tigers - Report|
Thanks for the report Clive. Rangers coming back from a goal behind to win any game is even rarer than injury time winner, so well done to the team.
It was commendable of Lua Lua to make himself available for selection given his family circumstances (which I only read about after) but it also makes you wonder why Holloway picked him to start, with other midfield options available. I suppose he should be applauded though for getting his substitutions right - it all came good in the end!
|Farewell to the king – Column|
Thanks for the report Simon. Unfortunately I couldn't make the game but made a donation on line a few weeks ago.
The 75/76 season was the first time I went to see the R's - I was 8 years old and Dad took me to the first home match, the 2-0 v Liverpool with Gerry Francis's opening goal that went on to be BBC's goal of the season (2 quid to sit in the lower paddock in those days with a plentiful waft of cigar and cigarette smoke all around!). The beauty of Stan's play was when the ball came to him you never knew what he was going to do with it but you always knew it would never be wasted. No aimless passes or hoof up the field. He was the reason why I always wanted to play no 10 for my school or local club team and try some of the things he made look easy (which rarely worked for me!). It's great that the Club is playing its part in helping Stan at this time in his life and I'm just glad that I was around to see him in his prime all those years ago.
|QPR slump to four goal defeat to end a dire season - Report|
Based on current form and this inexplicable constant chopping and changing of the team every week, its hard to imagine next season being any different regardless of how many new players Holloway is allowed to bring in. Aside from staying up by the skin of our teeth, Holloway's tenure has done nothing to suggest we are a team capable of anything other than battling relegation. But I'd also say he's the latest in a line of R's managers who seem to have major difficulties getting the best out of the players he/they had (ie to get them to play as a team) which suggests deeper rooted problems at the Club. Its been a thoroughly depressing season, the pain part eased by Clive's entertaining reports and reading the postings on this site - long may they continue!
|QPR left cursing a linesman in Lancashire again – Report|
Thanks for the report Clive but l think MancR has nailed it. The general quality of play by both sides was worthy of a 0-0 draw. So many wayward passes, possession lost easily and poorly taken set pieces from both sides will be my memories from the game. Yes it was unfortunate the goal wasn't given but aside from our strong start most of the game was played (poorly) in the middle third. There was plenty of time to score before they mugged us at the end.
Amid all that l thought Bidwell and Lynch were two of our stand-out players and Manning also put in a good shift but he really needs to work on his corners. Everyone looked like a scuffed mis-hit, low to the near post.
I don''t get to many games and had a great weekend with my
|Holloway's honeymoon ends early in Ipswich - Report|
Thanks for the report Clive. It was a disappointing reverse after the Norwich game - I watched that Ipswich/Forest game on Sky the week before and Ipswich really were abysmally poor, so its a tough one to take but thanks for the detail as to where it all went wrong.
I wasn't at the game; I'm not going to jump on the 'Henry out' bandwagon but as a general observation I have for a long time felt that our midfield is incredibly lightweight, neither operating as a cohesive unit nor offering much by way of creativity and speed (and being too reliant on Chery on the creativity front). I think its in this area that Ollie needs to focus his attention. I can't imagine he was too impressed either.
|Sylla’s late leveller can’t save Hasselbaink’s job – Report|
Thanks for the report Clive.
The Club seems to be stuck in this virtuous (and highly destructive) wash, rinse, repeat cycle when it comes to appointing managers and the Director of Football needs to show some accountability here too. If the brief is 'a quick return to the Premier League please' its no wonder the cycle repeats so quickly - its just not realistic.
Managers just don't get the time these days but in the case of JHF, I can't disagree with any of the criticisms relating to team selection, tactics, playing guys out of position etc that have been levelled for quite some time now. The Brentford performance really was unforgivable.
As for his replacement, I can't help but feel if it is Sherwood the same thing will happen again in 12-18 months time - what would be the basis for appointing him - his highly successful tenure at Villa??. Maybe a West Country dream team of Holloway and Cottrell might be a better option, I just don't know. Regardless of who it is though they have to be given more time and more realistic objectives.
|Wilkins v Hoddle, and that time Macca went in goal - History|
Lovely piece on Macca, thanks for that. I was at the Ipswich away game in 83/84 (we won 2-0) where he made one of his early appearances for the R's and put in the sort combative performance that would characterise his career. Always left everything out on the pitch and showed a level of loyalty that most modern EPL players simply could not comprehend. A real legend.
|Standard Green calamity gives QPR best possible start – Report|
Thanks Clive. The only concern for me was the period in the second half before we scored the second goal when we appeared quite happy to sit back and allow Leeds space/time to attack - a better team may well have taken full advantage.
But that aside there were many positives to take from the game and it was a great TEAM effort all round.
|Wilkins wins on opening night – History|
Some fine memories her Clive - I was at that game in Nov 94 and although it was a bit of a roller coaster, the way we played overall I genuinely thought the team had a bright future with Ray Wilkins as Manager. But once Ferdinand was sold the goals dried up and with the hapless Yates and Ready causing huge leaks in our defence, relegation soon followed and Wilkins was gone.
A top bloke though and he remains one of my favourite R's players of all time.
|QPR defenders the April Fools as Boro continue Sky curse - report|
Thanks for the report. It was frustrating because after Mackie's equaliser we carried a lot of momentum in at half time, then failed to turn up after the break and that's where the game was lost.
I'd return Onuoha to right back and get a McDonald/Hazel/Peacock type central defender to play along side Hall. I'm still not sure why Yun was loaned but I think he could still be our best option at left wing-back.
Chery's goal was great but I felt he drifted in and out of this game as far as his role in midfield was concerned. He could become our main 'fulcrum' in midfield but needs to stay involved. I thought we looked a bit light in midfield overall, lacking a bit of pace and in terms of keeping possession.
Philips looked like a man waiting for the transfer window to open. Poor effort all round. And it was a shame Washington only got 10-15 mins. I thought he might have come on a bit sooner, closer to the time their 3rd goal was scored.
|Brentford end 50-year wait as QPR wilt - report|
Its the inability to do the basics that really winds me up. Stringing passes together, looking assured on the ball, running in to spaces, good link up play between defence and midfield, etc etc. How many times on Friday was possession needlessly given away, either through a poor pass or by willfully hoofing the ball up the pitch to a hungry Brentford player? Its so depressing and has been a recurring theme of recent years.
I agree the midfield looks weak, slow and short of ideas. Henry is clearly short of confidence but (watching it on Sky) he played the defensive midfielder role well on Friday (if that was his role!) and found a team mate with most of his passes. Toszer was poor as was Chery and I'd probably have sacrificed the former for Austin. As it turned out though it probably would not have made much difference as Austin did not get a sniff of the ball.
Credit to the Bees though - they played as a team. I think we'll stay up as our home record will probably save us but we are average, and that's being kind. I've no issue with consolidating this League but its the way we play the game that irks me most.
|Long throws and right back woes - Knee jerks|
I can't agree the first half was 'decent if uninspiring' (poor and uninspiring maybe) and if a third of the game passed before we became an attacking threat, you have you ask what was going on prior to that? Not much from what I could see. It was an incredibly poor/average performance all round.
|Another long night by the river – autopsy|
We should go to 4-4-2. Austin needs a foil for him upfront. As a lone striker he looked totally out of the action on Friday although admittedly that was probably due to what was going on behind him. The defence was a total shambles, you see more cohesive units over the parks on a Sunday. Fair point from Hastings about Onuoha as Captain. I'm not necessarily in the 'we should have kept Barton' camp but he was good at this level 2 seasons ago. Worrying times - again!
|Naïve Rangers undone at the death – report|
Thanks for the report Clive. I watched it live on Sky and it struck me as a typical Championship game contested by two sides who (on this showing) look unlikely to be featuring in the top 6 at the end of the season.
I thought Doughty played well when he came on and great to see a local lad getting his chance. But it was a very defensive move to take Chery off, who up until that point was our most creative player. Henry had a poor game by all accounts and Gladwin also faded. We really need to up the pace in midfield but that's an age old problem for the R's.
Personally I think the Club needs to consolidate in this league (if we can!) for a few seasons. Its clearly work in progress and far too early to be calling for Ramsey's head. The Austin saga needs resolving too.
|The Mack is back, righting a wrong of the recent past – signing|
The turnaround in Matt Philips's form last season was largely credited to Chris Ramsey's coaching and while Jamie still is a bit of a rough diamond, I would not bet against Ramsey making him a better player and using that boundless energy to full effect. I'm really delighted he's back at the R's.
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