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|The end of the beginning – Column|
Brilliant writing. Sums up how we are all feeling. Wish him well. He deserves to do amazingly well in the Premier. Feel so blessed to have seen him play for so long for us.
|Profligate QPR punished by Sarr's sickener - Report|
He's got a bit of a problem Marshy on the right side if he is hoping Kane will create when BOS isn't playing: he hasn't got one assist and only created two big chances compared to Manning's three assists, one goal and seven big chances created, admittedly in less minutes played, 17 rather than 23 matches and not all of those from the start. But still you'd expect at least one assist or more chances created across that many matches, especially as we've been allowing our fullbacks to push up quite a bit.
I agree he's still experimenting. Also I think he's trying to rotate our squad and protect our younger players a bit. But our squad is looking a bit thin when we play our next tier down players at times. Mlakar and Matt Smith really haven't looked good enough and Rangel obviously has the skill but makes our back line very slow, which is why he might not want to play him and Cameron in the same team.
|Profligate QPR punished by Sarr's sickener - Report|
I agree Clive. While gutting at the end, it was great fun overall.
Have a great Christmas, one and all. And let's hope the curse of Sky is countered by a bit of Santa magic for us on Boxing Day evening.
|QPR on Eze street as Warburton changes tack - Report|
BOS had some good matches last season but he has really improved his all round play this season. I agree he was excellent at tracking back.
Great to see MW adapting to circumstances. Really enjoyable match.
|Hoos brands UEFA, FIFA “complicit, liars” in racism row – Fans Forum|
Fantastic report Clive. So interesting that it clears up so many of the points that people endlessly and often mistakenly complain about. We can only hope the Keyboard Warrior Twitter Board read it and take it on board.
I love the fact that our senior leadership team no longer make me cringe with ridiculous statements, as we've experienced in the past. Love the fact we're being pragmatic, building for the future, learning from past mistakes. For example, the point that we no longer intend to sign bad eggs. They might start with a bang, but they invariably end with a whimper- Wright-Phillips, JET and Caulker being obvious examples.
They share many of my concerns, for example, the farce of EPPP, which I believe is a strong contributor to the financial issues for Championship clubs: not only is it harder to sell to Premier Clubs to keep afloat, but they are actually having to lease back these players at premium costs. I love LH passion about racism. So impressive to defend his young players.
A great read.
|Adventures on the high seas - Preview|
Telecoms companies have worked out a fantastic system of all being useless at varying degrees at different times with hopeless outsourced call centre 'support' systems. It works brilliantly, as there's generally no point in switching between them as the others are equally crap. Sky were so hopeless when I tried to upgrade to Sky q, sending an engineer who was so rubbish that he told me my system wouldn't support Sky q and then reconnected my old HD box so it wouldn't record anything. I haven't been able to face getting anyone else round, having lost all faith in them.
I think we're all feeling a bit battered and bruised after starting so well and having a bit of a setback. November is going to be a tough month with some difficult fixtures but I think everything will turn around over the Christmas period, and maybe we'll get a couple of players to shore up the defence in January, maybe on loan and we'll finish strongly.
|A Hull of a day for Eze as QPR win away again – Report|
Yes and we've got some tough games coming up in November so it's good to have these points in the bank: Leeds, Fulham and Derby away and Forest and Middlesbrough at home. We should be getting points against Derby and Middlesbrough but the others are likely to be tough. Leeds will probably close down all the space and stop our creative guys playing. Hopefully Forest will play as badly as they did against Wigan today.
Thanks for the report Clive. It's enjoyable this season to read your reports without having to read between my fingers.
|From Eze street to fright fest – Report|
Stainrod I assumed the commentary was by a Luton broadcaster (maybe a local reporter). He was talking about everything from a Luton perspective, e.g. they should have closed Eze down, rather than a great goal from Eze (who he annoyingly kept calling Easy). I missed Andy Sinton and his co-commentator too. He's not only openly biased towards us, he's much more insightful than that guy was.
|The view from the Pu – August|
Thanks Steve. I really enjoyed reading this.
A realistic summary of where we are now and how there are definitely things to be grateful for! I'm as interested as you as to how things will develop with our defence. I can't believe, like you, that Barbet can be that accident prone, as why would Brentford seek to keep him on?
As for the brittleness of our confidence at the moment, I do think it's partly the fans communicating it, certainly in home games, at Wigan we went very quiet after they scored, for instance . Even though we've overall started well, there's still a hangover from last season which was gruelling and generally disappointing. If we can keep the momentum up a bit, maybe the confidence in the stands will grow and communicate itself to the players.
Thanks once again.
|House of cards - Preview|
Fantastic article. I'm as angry about it as you Clive. It's a shame it's not quoted in every major sports outlet. By putting our clubs out of business, we're surely eating ourselves alive. Especially the issue about bigger clubs being able to hoard all the best young players, not just the ones they think may play for them. I'm never, ever going to be a Man U or Chelsea fan. So if they're all that's left, football's finished for me.
|Soft Super Hoops succumb to Swansea - Report|
Thanks Jordan for enjoyable and interesting report.
I'm not sure I agree with you about Smith being safe/impressive before the mistake though. He had one really good chance with people to his left and he ignored them and turned back and passed behind, nullifying the attack and then later on when we breaking at speed he over hit the pass when it was easier to square it, leaving our player, maybe Eze? scratching his head. Those were the things I noticed, so he may have done some other good work, but not obviously. And it's a bit concerning that he played for Twente only three times all season if they're really league 1/2 level.
To be honest I'd rather see Chair play or Pugh, who looked really good against Bristol City.
Otherwise, very interesting, especially about our defence. I'd like to see how Warburton deals with it. It's a difficult problem. We had the same issue with Bidwell/Lynch last season: if you're left back is covering for a dodgy centre back, it can make them look poorer too. Bidwell looked much more solid on Wednesday, just being able to focus on one side.
|End of Term Report 18/19 – Midfielders|
All of your reports so far have been very good but this is outstanding. Agree with every word.
A season of frustration for me, largely caused by the whims of what proved to be a poor manager for a club like ours. What a waste of the precious final resources of premier league largesse spent on ageing players on loan who couldn't do enough of a job for us to justify the extortionate money I imagine they were on. Meanwhile he signally failed to do what he was tasked to do, and what our previous manager was doing (even if forced to by not being given the cash his successor was granted): namely playing and developing our homegrown and cheaply purchased young players.
I will really miss Pav but understand why he's going. I believe from what he has hinted at that Luongo was also affected by being asked to track back and not go into the box, as he had the freedom to do under Holloway but not allowed to under McLaren's obsession with everyone sitting back almost into the stands.
Some of the few bright spots of the season apart from the surprise run before Christmas, was the end of the season opportunities for Manning, BOS and Scowen. In fairness I think the lack of assists for BOS was in part due to the poor finishing of some of our forwards. He did ping quite a few in in dangerous positions only to see someone hoik it over the bar or out for a throw in when it would have been easier to score.
Goss is one of those purchases that really smarts. I know we have to take punts on players that may pay off for us further down the line. But it's hard to see a young man just cruise into accepting his pay cheque rather than busting a gut either for us or the teams he's been out to on loan. Seeing the enthusiasm of the Football Aid teams at LR and how desperately they wanted to play and would do so for nothing for our team just throws into sharp relief the poor attitudes of some of these guys that have won the footballing lottery.
Thanks again Clive. Spoiling us by putting together these fantastic reports when you really deserve to be sitting with your feet up nursing a beer is above and beyond.
|Smith's late winner finishes QPR's season on a high - Report|
Thanks Clive for another lively report. And for one of your best seasons ever writing wise, even amongst some of the worst football I've seen at times at LR.
One plea, though, please be sparing with your Boris Johnson having sex references, I'm running out of bleach to wash my eyes out with.
Happy holidays and forget about us and QPR for a while.
|McClaren suffers long term pain after short term gain – Column|
Yes but Cameron had Hughes and Paulis as his previous two managers, so it's not saying that much...
I'm pretty amazed if Brendan Rogers isn't a better manager than Schteeve with his 45% win rate at Swansea, 50% at Liverpool, 68% at Celtic and 75% at Leicester.
I'm sure he's a lovely bloke to work for and is respectful and supportive of players, which is why they like working for him. I'm sure he also came in with some fresh ideas and organised us.
But he can't turn things round when things are going wrong in individual matches and in poor runs of form; he doesn't inspire the fans with confidence or personality; he reverts to being persistently more negative, which is why the football is so dire atm.
And ultimately I can't forgive him for sitting on his a*se match after match with his entire bloated coaching team, when his opposing coach was out there giving instructions and urging on his team.
|The view from the Pu - December|
Interesting and enjoyable summary. 'All he wants is a poxy umbrella'. Love it.
Agree about Pav. He has a little Polish fan club in the Paddocks and they must be delighted.
I'm really loving the buzz around the club. Yes we should just enjoy it and not worry too much about what might happen next.
|One year on - Preview|
Clive can only echo the praise for your always thoughtful, often hilarious, balanced and extremely well-written and well-researched reports, previews and articles. Even when I go to matches, I don't really feel sure of what happened until I read your reports. Not only that you've brought together a family of supporters. Like all families, we bicker, fight and disagree. But being part of this forum is being part of something valuable. I've learnt so much from the posters here, and not just about football. And so much of that is down to you. And I also love the reports of other writers like Simmo, Antti and Steve.
Social nedia is such a double-edged sword. It can be insightful and spread knowledge. It isn't also full of people with chips on their shoulders. Weird how people who don't live in the UK, 'support' teams like Manchester United or Chelsea, but seem to find the time to scour through reports on Championship games just to slag off players and fans. It's both weird and pathetic. But just symptomatic of a certain sort of weak-minded individual. You just have to look at the twitter feed of pretty harmless people like Andy Murray (who, whatever you think of him, hasn't killed anyone's cat, does a huge amount for charity and really does love his mum) just to realise some people like to be abusive for the sake of it.
Pleased to hear you're not allowing yourself to be affected by these idiots.
Thanks for all you do and Happy New Year to you and yours.
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