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|Prestige performance puts QPR back in the hunt - Report
Hastings - agreed. Strength on the bench was a huge issue for the squad he took over (see Norwich report). Now we've got some options there. We've seen the power with Chair at PNE and Willock here of leaving a 'star name' out as a bit of a kick.
Tony - Yes, although neither at the time nor on the replay since can I tell you why that is. Any ideas what it was given for?
|Square one – Preview
Myke - agree. Why are we a place where players come and fail, rather than thrive and succeed? We're a difficult place to come and play. Why?
|A win - Report
Colback was superb. He drove the whole thing. And I've been a huge critic of his.
|Ever more new and creative ways to lose football matches – Report
Baz I appreciate what you're saying, but the striker is there to score goals and we've lost the game because he's had three chances to do so and missed.
I like my strikers to score goals. I like my midfielders to win tackles and play the ball forwards, contributing the occasional goal themselves. I like my centre backs to win first contacts and balls in the air. I like my goalkeeper to save shots that he's seen all the way from 25 yards out. I tend to mark accordingly with that.
After two years of losing this team has run my patience very thin. If anything those marks are too high, and I only upped one or two of them to where they are after reading the message board and looking at the interactive ratings. Watford were fairly poor, and we've lost, at home, again.
|The season of evil begins with the birth of a new year – Report
The biggest positive contribution from Martin, other than the Burnley goal, was him publicly stating that standards weren't high enough among the playing squad, that we aren't dedicated enough to what we're doing. A year on, nothing has changed. He was dead right.
|Anatomy of a fall – Report
Absolutely Myke, think he's probably learned a bit this week about who he can and cannot trust to rotate in though.
|Identity parade – Preview
I’m still revisiting my prediction that Steven Caulker was a brilliant signing 10 years later :-)
Nice to see you back posting.
|Right man. Right time? – Column
Well some of it was the Cifuentes piece we wrote a year ago, and some of it is the Neil Warnock piece we were writing :-D
|As good as we've got? Report
Well I guess that could still happen, but the decision to overturn Begovic's red was a very simple one that needed to be made before Saturday and could be, whereas if they charge Bamford with deceiving the referee (which they should IMO) then Leeds will certainly demand a hearing and fight it which takes more time. May still happen in the next week or so, and like I say IMO they should because it's blatant and he's got form for it.
|As good as we've got? Report
After 16 hours on the M1 you can only imagine how little of a toss I gave about whether Jake Clarke-Salter was a 5 or a 6.
|You’re going to need a bigger boat – Report
Well I have spent most of the last ten years saying don't give it to Ainsworth because QPR atm is a club that eats its children, and having seen Holloway/Bircham cop abuse and social media horrors, then Ferdinand, it would be dreadful to watch Ainsworth leave a job for life at Wycombe and come here and get the same.