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|Illy and Willy bring strictly business back to fashion – Report
No mention, though, of one of my highlights of the match; Sinclair Armstrong looking like somebody straight out of our 4x100 sprint relay team as he took ten yards off the petrified Hull fullback to almost rob him in the corner…
|Remembering QPR’s Terry Venables – Preview
Beautiful piece, beautiful tributes from many. Beautiful result tonight, fitting.
Wow, that clip of him and Stanley doing keepie uppies…what a fcuking beautiful football kit that was. Coolest ever in history. God I love QPR.
|Bittersweet symphony — Report
Iroegbunam and Field 14 passes between them? Dickie 4, Dunne 2? 20 percent possession? 20? Never heard of anything like that in my life, wouldnâ€™t have thought itâ€™s even possible.
Well done Gareth for keeping us up, but sheesh, thatâ€™s beyond a joke. Hoping thatâ€™s not the long term plan. Donâ€™t see why youâ€™d instruct the players to never pass to a player on your own team all game.
|Merry Christmas my R's - Preview
A nice message.
Rest assured, your efforts are always deeply appreciated by me, you do indeed help make life far more tolerable.
|Heading home - Preview
You've mentioned twice now about Jordy getting hammered. Got to stick up for our man here. If you look at the replay of one of them, Jordy absolutely nails the 'Boro man, must have damn near killed the fella. Fantastic stuff.
|Rangers run ragged by rampant Tykes — Report
'I found them quite exhilarating to be honest, and certainly a good deal better to watch and more fun than the current modern trend towards pisballing about in your own penalty area from your own goal kick, racking up 70% possession all of it entirely in neutral areas, and sneering at anybody who doesnâ€™t do the same as if theyâ€™re some sort of luddite.'
Indeed. Swansea have a lot to answer for.
|Science schmience — Preview
Ha, perfect title Clive! It's a very interesting subject, obviously two valid sides of the argument.
One thing worth remembering, it's only really the midfielders even do that much running. Wingbacks and full backs too i suppose. Not so much the strikers or centre backs, though. I never got tired playing in defence or striker particularly, you're literally stood around waiting lots of the game. When they are playing twice a week, with travelling as well, there's hardly time for any training either, so it's not like they're doing any more than usual really. It's obviously spurious as to whether it would have helped to keep Charlie on a little longer, but when one also includes the vast psychological effect it has on the other 21 players (swapping Charlie for Dykes) if we then ask the question simply 'were we more or less likely to have taken something from that game if he'd stayed on a little longer', there's really one obvious answer. Will we lose him to an injury if he stays on? I remain unconvinced. And let's not forget, we're talking about the best player we have being replaced by the worst.
I'd be fascinated to be able to see these analytics and talk in detail with them about this, maybe they could convince me, but for now, i still consider it a textbook case of over-thinking things. Get your best 11 on in their best positions whenever possible. Recovery would be better served during the week if they have to. Train less during the week if they need to reduce the load. To take the best players off at half-time; bloody daft.
|Birmingham late show stuns below par QPR - Report
Clive, come on. We all know he doesn't want to be taking Charlie off after 50 minutes.
We also all know he shouldn't have done it, sports science be Damned. The demoralising effect it has on the other ten QPR players to lose our Talisman for a genuine pub team player...it's why we lost that game.