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|A Hull of a day for Eze as QPR win away again – Report|
Oh how I look forward to Clive's reports when we've won !!.
Wonderful stuff. Having said that, BFG's attempt to win the ball for Hull's first goal was a bit rubbish and Kelly was mad to come charging out for their second goal. Hey, we scored more than they did so that'll do for me. Roll on the next two home games, this brand of football deserves better home crowds than of late.
As an aside, I thought they'd banned stuttering run ups for penalties ?.
|Sweet spot - Knee Jerks|
A good summary and I agree with everything.
On a slightly different matter. A glorious late Summer day, a team on a winning run, local opposition who filled the away end yet it was still short of a sell out with plenty of spaces in the Lower Loft. Not getting a full house was disappointing yet still we talk about building a new ground with a 25/30,000 capacity. I don't dispute that we need a new stadium but do we honestly need one that big ?.
It's all gone very quiet on the Scrubs relocation plan. About time the Club gave us an update.
|Forest flop leaves QPR nursing unwanted record - Report|
I've seen some crap teams and a good few relegations in my 52 years watching R's but this was the first time I've left the final home game when the whistle blew and not stayed for the players lap. Like everyone else, I'd have enough of the crap we've had to sit through since Christmas.
Yes, we have some seemingly useful youngsters but we need more than that. There is no steel, no fight and no leaders in that team. 0.5 points per game in 2019, that means 23 points for a full season, do the players honestly realise how awful they've been.
We've variously moaned about JFH, Holloway. McLaren but the team hasn't improved under any of them, the problem is the players not the manager(s).
Despite all that, I still have this strange masochistic desire for the start of next season.
Things can only get better - or can they ???.
The only high points of a dire season are Clive and Antii's wonderful and always eagerly anticipated reports. Well done and thanks to all the LFW contributors.
|QPR's crawl to finish line reaches Derby - Preview|
Thanks Myke. Of course you're right re. the Spy Who Loved Me naming.
Leistner and Cameron are far more important to us than we realise.
Could be a long and tough afternoon …...
|QPR's crawl to finish line reaches Derby - Preview|
Another superb article by Clive, 100% correct in every point made. Thank goodness for the mid-season highs or we'd have been relegated weeks ago. We know there's no money available but Les and the Board need to think long and hard about next season as it's going to be a real slog.
Maybe I 'm a bit dim but what's the meaning behind calling Leeds "The Spy Who Loved Me" ?.
|Charity begins at home - Preview|
Okay, I admit that in a previous post I made a comment re Barton being on the next manager list. Let me make it clear that I wasn't even a teeny bit serious. Just making the point that every man and his dog is seemingly (still ….) in the frame.
The Crisis Centre Stadium. Wonderful !!
As a complete aside. Why is our beloved ground called Loftus Road when, to the best of my knowledge, the club offices have always been in Ellerslie or South Africa Road.
|McClaren suffers long term pain after short term gain – Column|
A quite superb article as we have come to expect from the peerless CW.
Let's be fair, we do have a nucleus of good Championship level players but something has happened to turn us from a justified top 10 position to the current disaster in a few months. We will never know what get's said/done behind the scenes and in the dressing room but something clearly gone wrong.
I've seen far too many managers in my 52 years at Loftus Road, I've wanted all of them to succeed but it just wasn't going to happen with McL.
as fort he future, please not Sherwood or Rowett, they will both be a disaster.
Surprised no-one has mentioned the Fleetwood duo of Barton and Hill. Is Clint still registered as a player ???
|QPR plumb new depths in Rotherham debacle - Report|
In 52 years I've seen just about every sort of performance, this was even worse than the Stoke capitulation and must rank as our worst week for many a long year.
We keep getting told that McL is a "top coach" but there's absolutely no reason to justify that. It's blindingly obvious that something isn't right "back of house" or why else have our basically decent bunch of players fallen off a cliff over the past couple of months.
We've performed poorly under every recent manager and whilst McL's star is fading fast I'm not at all sure that anyone else would do much better. It never has in the past !!. Bhatia's patience with McL is clearly running out and a defeat at Hull may well be the final straw. Having said that, what manager would want to take over this basket case ?.
A recent article by Clive pointed out the number of staff employed at Loftus Road, we've got no money yet still have a huge back of house and coaching staff. Hoos and Les should have a very close look at this and start a cull.
Clive is 100% correct about the numbers of coaching staff employed by McL, what the f... are they all doing.
As for Hemed, I thought it was a worthwhile acquisition but his performance (or lack of) in recent games is totally unacceptable. Wells isn't much better but at least he tries. The effort and questionable scoring record of Washington was better than these two experienced highly paid pro's.
Happy days !!
|Blame game after Preston pain - Knee Jerks|
Agree with everything said by Clive, Antti and the other message posters. It's not the end of the world but lessons need to be learned.
I will say that whilst Preston's goals were down to defensive mistakes (aren't they all ?) they certainly put the chances away really well, if only we could finish like that.
|QPR fall in familiar Preston hole – Report|
It's always disappointing to lose a home game but losing like this was utterly miserable for the entire 90 minutes. I really didn't think we'd miss Mass and Cameron as much as we clearly are.
No-one played well and whilst it's unfair to single out individuals I have to say:
Eze was exciting and effective earlier in the season but for the past half a dozen games he has been anonymous and is easily shut down by even a modest opposition defenders, they don't even bother to man mark him any more. He doesn't influence games and his strike rate is worse than Washington, he's just not doing enough to warrant a place in the team at the moment. He will come good again but he needs a break.
OK, big Smith scored but he is a dinosaur in the modern game. His movement and first touch is dreadful and even when he does manage to jump high enough to win a ball his flick-ons are totally ineffective. I just can't see what McC sees in him.
All is not lost and we'll come back from this utterly miserable game but the goals are drying up and we're relying far too much on the usually immaculate Freeman.
Keeping a settled team is great but it's falling very flat and needs some new ideas.
|A very un-QPR display - Knee Jerks|
Just remember the great old saying that a pessimist is merely an optimist in possession of all the facts !!.
Eze can be a joy to watch but he seems to have run out of steam. Maybe he's knackered, maybe teams have sussed him out or maybe he's being asked to drop too deep but he's nowhere near as influential as he was earlier in the season. I think BOS deserves more than a ten minute cameo.
Steve McC and his staff have got this team very well organised with everyone knowing exactly what is required of them, all very different to this time last year.
Bring on Reading !!.
|QPR lose third game in a row with poor Swansea showing - Report|
timcocking sums it up perfectly.
Excellent and valid points made by Clive about disrupting team spirit with too many loan signings, just look at the body language when Swansea scored their 3rd goal. Of course we needed forwards and Wells/Hemed are certainly better than Sylla, Smith and Washout but playing both of them just doesn't seem to work - thirteen games between them and one goal says it all.
The biggest criticisms of Ollie were daft team selections and a lack of coaching nous. McLaren is supposed to be a top coach and on that basis I thought his appointment made sense but we all now have to question if he really is such a top coach.
It's gonna be a long and tough winter.
|QPR's fragile recovery faces Millwall test - Preview|
Thing are definitely looking and wins from the next two games will really add confidence to a clearly improving team.
wins are always gratefully received but wins against Fulham, Millwall and Brentford are particularly special.
Why is Scowen now called Goblin Boy ?.
|QPR twist again, Holloway departs - Column|
Two superb articles that make great reading.
Yes, it's really hard on Ollie who did exactly what he was brought in to do and he deserves great credit for that but does anyone really believe that we were moving forward. Okay, he brought in some hugely promising youngsters but his tactical approach and team selection was getting increasingly bonkers. He just didn't seem to know what to do away from home and I think that was the major reason for his downfall.
He must feel very hard done by but he'll always be a hero at Loftus Road and I wish him well wherever he ends up next.
Finally, I've just read some of the social media and forum postings - are all of these people completely stupid ?. I'm glad that Gaz wasn't appointed, it's a tough job dealing with the idiot Rangers fans and the often irrational expectations of the Club's owners and I think he's much better off staying for another year with Wycombe and getting them settled in League 1.
|QPR suffer horrible déjà vu as Forest run riot again - Report|
A truly miserable afternoon. The comments made by Clive and the other posts are !00% correct but Snaker sums it up best, Forest were organised, clever and clinical to a level that we can only dream about.
I continue to support Ollie but I'm getting a tad fed up hearing about reducing the costs, promoting the youngsters, work in progress etc. We know and accept that but let's not forget that we have a highly experienced manager and many very well established Championship level players. Is there a problem with coaching nous and methods ?.
We can't defend and can't score goals and still need ten points to be safe, after Saturday's debacle you have to wonder where these points are going to come from. Make no mistake, we're far from safe yet !!.
Angry and frustrated ?. Damn right I am but hey, I've seen it all before in my 51 years and I've just renewed my season ticket for 2018.
|Will Madine sale stall Bolton recovery? Interview|
Karl Henry would never be on anyone's list of the top R's players over the past 20 years but in my opinion he was unfairly maligned. He always gave 100% and was a good honest and hard working team player.
I'm sure he'll do a good job for Notlob. Not too good on Saturday though please !!
|QPR comprehensively beaten by Boro – Report|
An absolutely spot on report.
My first thought when I saw the Middlesborough team warming up was to wonder how the vertically challenged Washington and the inexperienced Oteh were going to get anything out of the big and muscular 'boro defence, this proved correct. Smith never seems great when he starts a game and is a leaden footed lump but maybe this is one game he should have started, if only to bolster our perennially suspect defence from set pieces. Oteh, Bright Samuel and Eze are good prospects but, perhaps understandably, but this was not a game for raw youngsters and they all looked well out of their depth. Their time will come though.
Of course I'll continue to support Olly in what is clearly a long term project but we were totally outplayed in every department. A bad day but not the end of the world.
|Roofe on fire as QPR’s struggles continue – Report|
I have to agree with much of what has been said before me.
I'm still pro Ollie but he really does seem to be running out of ideas. It's easy, and maybe justified, to criticise Ollie but who does the coaching, maybe that's where the real problem lies.
Of course we've got injury problems at the back but the rest of the (very big) squad has more than enough championship experience to support a makeshift back four. We're relying on soft/lucky goals and two shots on target in a home game is pathetic. We're sinking like a stone. League 1 would be a disaster for the club.
The home crowd are obviously frustrated but, thankfully, still seem to be with Ollie and have not started picking on specific players but much more of the dross we've produced in recent weeks and it will start getting very difficult for Ollie.
Come on Ollie/Birch, sort it out and give us something to cheer.
|QPR quietly slip to meek defeat at Derby - Report|
I feel truly sorry for the hardy souls who actually went to the game. Like most of us I was following the game on radio and BBC Sport and it was utterly depressing. Being beaten is one thing but being thumped by nothing special opposition without a semblance of a fight is completely different. And completely unacceptable.
Of course we've (apparently) got no money and of course we've got a dreadful injury list but are these relevant facts or excuses ?. We have a huge squad and can't put out a team that can a) score a few goals and b) stop conceding 2/3/4 a match.
I honestly don't think another manager is the answer - we've been there so many times and history shows that it never works the short term . I really do want Ollie to succeed and I honestly believe the Club want to keep him but another other than a win on Monday and it could start getting very sticky for him.
|Unlikely Baptiste-Robinson partnership driving Rangers - Knee Jerks|
Your report is absolutely spot on.
Baps (as Ollie called on him on his radio interview) was superb. He does the simple things really well, he's strong, times his tackles really well and knows where row Z is when necessary. Exactly what we've been missing since the Hill/Derry days. When the idiots slag off Ollie, just think about the real quality players we've got and consider what we paid for them.
Scowen was indeed tired and getting the run around in the second half, bringing Furlong on was exactly the right move.
I have been critical about the lack of goals. Still a bit of a concern, if only our very capable midfielders could chip in with a few.
This is a fast improving R's side but like every team in the Championship we'll fall down sometime soon but my God what a great few days.
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