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Are Foxes wobbling, or waltzing to the title? Interview
at 21:07:49

The biggest takeaway I got from this is that Smithies is available and only 33. Get him in for next season
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Willock completes Rangers' Rotherham revival - Report
at 23:50:09

Cheers Clive. I have never felt so down after a win. Stan Bowles: Physically dead, emotionally immortal.
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Prestige performance puts QPR back in the hunt - Report
at 23:22:54

Great report Clive, but you missed a rare opportunity to use the same heading for your preview and report. There is even a little more pressure to win the Rotherham game as it is the last 'winnable' game for a while. Important to have the psychological boost of being out of the bottom three before we embark on some toughies.
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Square one – Preview
at 21:26:42

Thought provoking piece as ever Clive. If you think of the form of Dykes (Willock is a different case more psychological rather like Amos) for us versus his form for Scotland. Because he has incrementally regressed to the point when he is now ourr third choice striker we have forgotten how effective he can be. In the immediate aftermath of Austin's return Dykes was in the form of his life. Terrorising defences scoring goals (13 was it?) A brilliant header at Sheffield Wednesday that any striker would have been proud of the pick of the bunch. Now (when on the pitch) rambling rather than rampaging , completely ineffective- why? What has changed for him as he follows Dickie down a path of oblivion? Why? Why is going through the motions acceptable? He signed a new contract so he must want to be here. Where has the very effective striker gone to?
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Frey ties up cliffhanger on home debut – Report
at 21:38:34

'Breathtaking' is the o ly word to describe the report- welcome home. I purely simplistic terms (goals) our new signings have earned us an additional 3 points already, which is just about keeping us in the hunt for survival. Stoke is huge
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Strangest of seasons has Norwich still on cusp of play-offs - Interview
at 16:47:27

Bit off topic and probably a bit too soon to be playing this game but it's the thought that's occupying me QPR wise. Completely unscientific but trying to be as objective as possible I feel we can get to 44 points. I was pleasantly surprised how often that wad enough to survive over the past 6 seasons
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New boys inspire QPR’s first win at Blackburn for 25 years – Report
at 20:00:38

Cheers Saffa. If we starting to get that vital ingredient - luck - on our side, then we have a fighting chance. Hayden and Hodge look decent additions and we now have brought the Danish lad in. Frey may be overweight, but he is already as mobile as the current version of Dykes and if his very presence can stir the Scottish International to play a little more like he does for his country then that can't be aa bad thing.
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Paal's late salvage papers deep fault lines - Report
at 20:36:34

Cheers Alex, a very entertaining read. I thought Marti had solved Willockin that glorious (well glorious by this seasons standards) of three wins (and three Willock goals) in a week,especially the beauty against Hull. I think Marti thought he had too, with his 'all it takes is belief' comments. If only it was that simple. The game reminded me of the time we dreww 0-0 with Reading which relegated us both from the Prem. The only 'winner' here was Sheffield Wed.
Positives include the continued tightening up at the back, the injury free run of Clarke-Slater (shh don't jinx it). We now don't need to score as many goals to get something out of the game and maybe our new striker will chip in with a few.
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Room with a view – Preview
at 23:04:29

Pretty remarkable that after finally managing to snap a 7 match winless last week, we now have an opportunity to climb out of the bottom 3 in our very next game. - surely that should be motivation enough? Sadly it looks like one of Ainsworth's final aspirations (after he had given up on 'surprising a few people'), finishing top of a mini-league of four is our best chance of survival.
With none of the players in the final six months of their contract ( bar Dozzell and possibly Dunne) leaving this window it looks like there will be a massive clear-out this summer regardless of what division we are in next year.
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This is us – Report
at 21:52:30

'he didn’t so much milk the celebration as open a whole dairy'- I actually thought he had injured himself when he tried to do that sliding on his knees celebration and promptly got stuck in the ground.Cheers Clive - enjoy your break in Yankee land.
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Resolution, revolution, evolution – Preview
at 14:18:13

So this is the new optimistic you! Mesmeric piece of writing Clive. I agree with all of it except your opening line of your 'from the bottom up' analysis. 'The playing squad is not good enough' I believe it is. But your next sentence or rather the second half of it; 'it doesn’t have the mental fortitude, desire or commitment to help it make up for that', is bang on the money. I remember during the second half of McClaren's season ( at least I think it was that, on season of mediocrity tends to bleed into another) being really angry when we hammered Swansea 4-1 at a time we were losing 1-0 at home to Bolton and Sunderland. The big lump loaned from Brighton (Hamed? Hemed?) suddenly stirred himself and scored twice. I was furious because they clearly had the ability but couldn't be arsed. We know Chair/Willock/Dykes could scare the bejaysus out of any (including Leicester's) defence in the division. The former two have shown it as recently as Preston and Hull, while Dyke's second v Stoke was as good a strikers goal as you could hope for. Collectively against Leicester, Ipswich (twice) and Southampton (twice) the team have shown they can compete comfortably at this level. But like you said in a previous piece, they know how to come up just a little bit short in every instance, whether it is Ipswich or Milwall, Southampton or Cardiff. And that is down to a lack of desire, which all ties into the culture of failure which you have expressed far more eloquently than I could.
When Warburton came in he had to clear the decks, partly out of financial necessity partly to rid the team of it's defeatist/don't care attitude. This needs to happen again, although on it's own, without all the other infrastructure/personnel put in place that you mentioned above -it won't be enough.
You can remove the lump, but it's only a temporary fix if you don't remove the malignancy causing the lump.
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The season of evil begins with the birth of a new year – Report
at 13:38:54

Ironically, with all the oldies we signed, the one we dithered around and ultimately didn't might have been the most beneficial. Chris Martin may be old (just turned 35) and 'fat' (11 st 3 pds) but he has 8 goals this season already albeit at League 1 level (are we not playing at L1 standard most of the time?) he knows this division inside out and is always committed - surely he had to be more potent than Dykes?
Anyway for players who are out there who we may be able to loan in; I see Collins is back at Liverpool, a very decent CB at this level, might even clear a few corners. I thought Scott Hogan might be a decent shout before Rooney got sacked, but he might be hoping to get a look in with whoever takes over
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He said he’s changed, mum – Report
at 18:52:02

You have probably discussed this on the forum, but Warnock was in the Sky Sports Studio along with Mackie and Smith. They were reminiscing about our promotion year before KO - entertaining stuff. Anyway, Jamie was on our game and showed the Jackson handball over and over again. Warnock took one look and said ' Webb's not giving that. If he caught the ball and held it over head he wouldn't give it'. Classic Warnock
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Back where we started again – Preview
at 19:26:22

Super piece, Clive, your frustration (disgust) is palpable. Sadly, we are not just back to where we were after winning three in a row, we are now five games worse off. At one point 25 points from 23 games seemed very achievable, but now it is hard to see where the next point/goal/win is coming from. So we will probably win tonight to give us all a dose of false hope again
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Brace for impact, QPR crash at Millwall - Report
at 13:00:54

Cheers Saffa. A worrying regression just when we didn't need it Also we now have Marti criticising his players in public just as Critchley did exactly 12 months ago and we saw what happened there. This could go (further) south very quickly. I find the managers honesty very refreshing but also rather naive. Interesting to see how the next few games pan out.
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Anatomy of a fall – Report
at 15:31:59

Yes Kelman looks out of his depth at this level, although we thought the same of Smyth a couple of years ago and now seems capable of holding his own. No sign of Uncle since Mati took over - is he injured? I know Ainsworth overused him but I would have thought he would be more useful off the bench than say Richards for example.
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Anatomy of a fall – Report
at 22:32:52

We have criticised managers like McClaren in the past for flogging the same team to death when riding high in the table at Christmas time and then damn nearly getting relegated when they collectively ran out of steam/got injured. So I think we have to trust the manager's judgement when it comes to squad rotation. He seemed an absolute genius versus Preston and could start what is generally accepted as his strongest team v Hull when he had an 8 day break.
But we know - so he certainly knows - just how fragile Clarke-Salter and Willock are, not just physically but psychologically too, and it is his job to manage that. If he had reversed his thinking and 'sacked off' Preston and Hull and then got results in the last two, the overall position would be similar. We are always going to react with ecstasy or despair to the most recent result. His job is to be more measured than that. We may well be relegated - but not yet.
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The QPR is strong in this one – Report
at 23:39:36

Cheers Clive, a reality check indeed. Positives: Incrementally we moved closer to safety as most other results went our way (AKA a missed opportunity) Begovic and Cook got the clean sheet their current form deserved. I think we will have to loan in a striker in Jan if we are going to survive. Peviously (albeit 2 seasons ago now) when Dykes scored, he went on a little run of goals, unfortunately that is not happening now.
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Illy and Willy bring strictly business back to fashion – Report
at 20:17:22

Cheers Clive. When I saw that pic of Chair and Willock running side by side after the second goal, my first thought in relation to Hull was the Sam Fender song 'Seventeen Going Under'.
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Light at the end of a two-year tunnel - Report
at 21:06:38

Cheers Clive. And Smyth didn't shatter his ACL somersaulting on a frozen pitch - our luck has surely changed.
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