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Runners and riders – Column
at 14:49:10

Clive, excellent read and realistic ... unlike the bookies.

Cannot believe that Tim Sherwood is in the frame in any way.

GroveR got there first .... no Joey Barton? So looking forward to seeing the 'Is Joey Barton' in the Cons section!

As always, excellent insight but not especially optimistic of the outcome.


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So, this is goodbye – Preview
at 17:21:01

Clive, totally agree with all of your points about Warbuton, he was a good fit for our club. Also, with some great football and results in the process. A great shame.

The nature of the collapse does suggest something has clearly gone wrong behind the scenes. And this run does almost feel like relegation and does not bode well for next season.

As for this season of such contrast, are you going to do two end of term reports due to this watershed?!!

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And it would help if you brought your gloves as well – Preview
at 10:31:27

Excellent Clive but just can't get Swindon out of my head for this one.

Thanks to Owlsruleok for the memory of Peter and Ron, who did actually play opposite each other many moons ago.

Will be checking on any scorer names very carefully today!
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Unhappy hunting ground – Preview
at 11:56:49

Clive, at the time I shuddered when you did your 'we don’t have to be that good to make the six from here' piece. I know who I will be blaming, coming May, lol

One thing that did show against Luton was a resolve over the course of the game. My biggest concern will be the ability to cope with their pace up front. Otherwise, I feel we are in with a shout, unless of course if it is being played at the City Ground.
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Unhappy hunting ground – Preview
at 11:56:47

Clive, at the time I shuddered when you did your 'we don’t have to be that good to make the six from here' piece. I know who I will be blaming, coming May, lol

One thing that did show against Luton was a resolve over the course of the game. My biggest concern will be the ability to cope with their pace up front. Otherwise, I feel we are in with a shout, unless of course if it is being played at the City Ground.
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Dickie bounces Rangers back off the canvas - Report
at 14:21:52

Lol ... yes, he did make a meal of it!
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Dickie bounces Rangers back off the canvas - Report
at 10:30:47

And to be fair to Chair, he was kicked after the whistle was going, which probably sparked him off
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Dickie bounces Rangers back off the canvas - Report
at 10:27:54

Fabulous report as always, Clive.

It was interesting to see how this game developed, as both sides nullified each other for a lot of the time with misplaced passes and similar systems.

Luton pressed very well and put our midfield and defence under a lot of pressure for about 70 minutes. We did get lucky that the half time was only 1-0, though I think the actual goal should have been pulled up for the handball. The equaliser was nicely timed but the game was entirely ours for the last 20. Luton had run out of puff and the team really was allowed to tick.

In the first half only Odubajo stood out and I thought played very well. Chair was quiet and seemed to get a bit of a ragging from Gray (not sure what for) and lucky not to get us reduced to 10 men. Willock looked back on form when he came on late and I assume was held back to prepare for the Forest game, where I expect he will start.

Great result but the run in is really tough now!
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Paying dividends – Column
at 12:16:38

Thanks for that breakdown. Encouraging news for the club, after all the difficulties in recent times, notably with the ability to hold on to players right now.
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One of those nights - Report
at 11:11:17

Thanks Clive, great report.

I was so surprised by the opening goal, after two referee lectures, a soft defensive free kick seemed inevitable!

What you now know is that referees obviously read your pieces too, as Ward was learned from your Barnsley report and improved his game over time wasting! Shame he started on this night!

Highly amusing to see Seny celebrating the winning goal .... in the corner at the School End! And nice to see Warburton coming on the pitch to the Ellerslie Road stand too, after the match. Great atmosphere and a great performance, all things considered.
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Print it out for Joan - Report
at 11:20:50

What a super read to round off a great result!

Sounds like I missed a great work event!!

We all know how tough the Championship can be, with clearly good teams like Blackburn and Bournemouth wobbling, so to achieve a run like this is some achievement. Especially with big names like Johansson, Deny and Chair all missing.

As said by others above, great to have a team that is trying. That is all you can ask for. It is fun.
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Imagine if we won - Report
at 10:55:40

Great report Clive, ending a good weekend.

Ghosts of Xmas future did beat the ghosts of Xmas past after all. Interestingly, Bradley Allen said on GLR that he 'did not think that we are the best team in the division but that are a good team that Warburton has got the team playing their hearts out for the club', which I tend to agree. Frankly, that will do nicely.

Also, re. Myke, the fact that we have options for scorers I think is a real positive, as in not being reliant on one player.
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QPR hope to catch West Brom’s tribute act out of tune – Preview
at 23:03:48

This fixture feels like ghosts of Xmas past! Great preview, can’t wait to see how it plays out!
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Smart Stoke set up slays R’s scoring sequence – Report
at 10:13:10

Oh what a game to make your first since lockdown!!

Very disappointing and Stoke were well able to break R's down. That final pass was always the decider. Sadly, the harder Johansson tried, the less his ideas were read (or at least by us).

If a player is able to walk and choses to sit down, could he not be asked to get up and leave the pitch? That seems to be the only option for a referee in this, apart from adding on time, which 5 minutes at the end seemed light.

That said, I agree, it would not have affected the result and indeed Stoke did deserve the points.

Only positive was I thought that Thomas did well when he did come on and Amos looks a stronger player.
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QPR are third in the league – Fans forum
at 10:06:46

Excellent coverage and certainly gave a feel for the occasion. Also love the "can’t shag you or deport you" reference, which is less funny when realising is is probably true.

It does seem we are in a hole here. No new ground for the foreseeable future. Improvements like "safe standing" would be a big investment, which the club would be reluctant to implement. Other areas just won't happen, e.g. cellars for beer or road mains digging to improve water flow. It is a real shame, as I feel this board does have an eye on giving us a future.

The big problem being options for a new ground, assuming H&F have no interest? Nothing on the cards (a delay in itself and somewhere like say Harrow, which would hardly please Wealdstone. Bit bleak really.

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Stop me if you've heard this one before - Report
at 09:47:03

Great report as always, Clive, thanks.

Rangers really exploited Derby by those forward passes in the second half, something they had not done in the first. And this is what I really like about the team, the ability to change things a little, players who have good feet (Willock's blocked cross on his right foot, the immediate follow up on his left, making it so difficult for a defender) and the fact that there is such a variety of scorers in a team that seems to score every week. All this makes our team good to watch and difficult to play against. Well done R's, let's enjoy the moment.

Not convinced about the match officials here. The penalty call referenced above and I feel that Chair's headed miss over the bar was actually a penalty as he got a massive shove in the back as he connected with the ball. There was also a very curious offside in the first half against Adomah, with a Derby defender standing on the goal line behind the keeper, hardly a VAR tight offside.

Hugely enjoyable at the moment.
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A puzzle to be solved - Preview
at 17:31:17

Always a good read and I can't tell you how many games I got the result on Ceefax. I always knew we were losing/lost if it took ages to scroll round, I am sure that is how it worked.

Tonight's game, Derby away and then Stoke will be interesting barometers as to how the season really will pan out. I still think a play off place is on the cards.

Tonight with the chance of going 4th means I am going for your 1-1!
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Austin back to form, Sluga stays true to his - Report
at 10:05:26

Great report as always.
I thought this was a very enjoyable match to watch and can see why Luton are doing well. Luton had ample chances to get something from this and were let down by wayward finishing. Also, that early save from Dieng was quite outstanding. Then, our opening goal was against the run of play and gifted (though the finish had to be good). I thought it was close but, as said, we were not at our best, which always bodes well when you win.
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Take your time lads - Preview
at 14:07:25

Totally agree regarding the 'game management' dirge. Strangely, it is quite easy to manage from a refereeing viewpoint, unlike a split second trip / elbow / push etc....

It could so improve the game for all if it was clamped down consistently. The change to the pass back rule made a huge difference to the 'active' playing minutes of the game back in the day and a change here could be equally significant.

Keep rallying on this ... maybe someone will pick up on this.

Also, cannot figure out why Preston are so hated by Sky. They maybe be a lesser supported team compared to 'every other game' Leeds but there are plently of those in this league (even us, for that matter).

Hope it is better than a draw today.
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Chair's redemption double dose gets QPR back on the horse - Report
at 08:49:44

Player Points Amnesty

Like everyone else here, I love these reports for their thoroughness, accuracy, incisiveness, getting the mood and humour. Plus bonus comments too.

For me, the player points arguments are detracting from this, frequently being subjective. Sorry to offend and I get a 4 being a 7 but a single point out, seriously?

Can we have a points amnesty .... if it is out by 1, let it run!

I award myself a 9 for this suggestion ... or is it a 4?

Thanks Clive (and others), another great read in what is proving to be an exciting season.

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