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A night where it all went right for rampant Rangers – full match report
A night where it all went right for rampant Rangers – full match report
Wednesday, 6th Apr 2011 01:02 by Clive Whittingham

QPR took another step towards their promotion goal on Monday night with a comprehensive three nil victory against Sheffield United at Loftus Road.

There was a moment in this game, 13 minutes from time, when during a rare Sheffield United attack striker Ched Evans decided, more as an expression of his own frustration than anything else, to let rip with a 30 yard shot and see what came up for him. He caught it beautifully, sweet as a nut, and Paddy Kenny was all set to be called into action as the fearsome drive accelerated towards him through the crisp London air.

Ultimately the goalkeeper wasn't required, because the ball actually struck the cumbersome frame of Evans' team mate Darius Henderson, whose attempts to escape its unerring path made him look like a large cow stuck on an escalator. Not only that but as the shot had been hit with such ferocity it actually rebounded back from whence it came, over Evans' head, plum onto the boot of Wayne Routledge who was able to accelerate away in possession with all the space he required to recommence what at times seemed like a ceaseless, relentless torture of the hapless visitors. How many times have things like that happened to us?

If Sheffield United fans can take anything from this game (and it's a big if) it's that QPR have been there. We've paid our dues many, many times over. We've seen players under performing and clearly not giving much of a toss about it, we've seen teams look like Brazil against our meagre resistance, we've turned up to away games with no hope in our hearts and promptly been thumped with something to spare. We have sat and seen and suffered ineptitude even beyond that displayed by this Blades team, which is surely destined for League One next season. Our reward, though it's been a long time in coming, is the beautifully effective QPR team that we see before us today.

In front of the live Sky cameras, an unwanted distraction in the past, Rangers looked like a perfectly oiled footballing machine in this game. They moved the ball effortlessly from left to right, found passes both long and short with embarrassing ease, varied the pace of the attack superbly, and tormented Sheffield United from beginning to last. This was as good as Rangers have been this season, on a night when a performance half as competent would still have won the game with something to spare, and they were exceptionally good to watch. Wayne Routledge and Tommy Smith were superb in support of the equally impressive Heidar Helguson in attack. Adel Taarabt, troubled by stomach cramps, had a quieter night but it mattered little. The holding midfielders Alejandro Faurlin and Shaun Derry were a pleasure to watch - dominating the game from start to finish. Bradley Orr and Clint Hill could have played in their suits, hell even Fitz Hall dealt admirably with both the physical challenge posed by Henderson and the numerical disadvantage caused by United's decision to start with three forwards. Paddy Kenny was a mere spectator against his old club, and what a game to be a spectator at.

Looking down the Sheffield United team line up before kick off I found myself wondering just why they are where they are in the league - a team boasting a front three of Henderson, Daniel Bogdonovic and Evans should have enough goals in them to stay out of trouble, although granted Henderson has been injured and suspended for much of the season. Then they started playing, and it all became immediately apparent.

Firstly Adams' decision to begin with a 433 formation was well meaning but deeply flawed. United need wins, seven points adrift in the relegation zone, and had beaten both Leeds and Forest at home playing this way in recent times so the beleaguered United boss should be given his due for sticking with a winning team and attacking line up for an away game at the league leaders when many would have shut up shop and gone for a point. But the set up left them so dreadfully exposed in wide areas it was a footballing suicide mission against a team that offers Wayne Routledge, Adel Taarabt and Tommy Smith as threats. At right full back Sheff Utd selected Nyron Nosworthy - a poor centre half, played out of position, with no protection from further forward afforded to him by the system his manager had chosen. He'd have had more success dressing in women's clothes and high heels and parading up and down the catwalk at London Fashion Week, and he'd have embarrassed himself a lot less than he did here.

Secondly, despite possessing the all action Stephen Quinn at the heart of the midfield United were soft as warm grease through the spine of their side. Quinn ran himself to water, kicked anything that moved, contested every ball, but could ultimately only stand and watch as all nine of his outfield team mates miserably failed to match him. If there's any justice in the game Quinn will be playing Championship football next season, while his spineless team mates freeze to death in the wastes of Hartlepool and Carlisle. That includes Adams' main signing since arriving as manager Michael Doyle and United's long serving giant ball of ineffective nothingness Nick Montgomery who should both be shamed by their own performances when compared to Quinn's. On a night when passion, application and work rate were required only Quinn delivered, and he kept doing so even when the game was lost and his fellow Blades obviously didn't care.

Doyle is best remembered by QPR fans for his shamelessly violent man marking job on Lee Cook on this ground back at the height of the left winger's career. Presumably both he and Montgomery had been sent out in this game with similar instructions because within the first five minutes Doyle had a wild hack at Taarabt as he skipped past him, the referee Keith Stroud let that one slide, then moments later after some neat skill by the Moroccan on the edge of the area Montgomery kicked him again. This time a free kick was awarded which Taarabt smacked straight into the wall. When Montgomery then hauled back Tommy Smith in brazen fashion he became the first name to go into the referee's notebook and he can have no complaints about it whatsoever. That free kick was flicked on at the near post but escaped Fitz Hall's attentions at the far but the first corner of the game posed rather less danger, and actually resulted in a Sheff Utd counter attack which ended when Henderson volleyed ambitiously from distance into the Loft.

Undeterred Rangers came again - Wayne Routledge produced a sumptuous piece of control to bring a Paddy Kenny kick out of the air and then set about building an eye catching move that ended with Taarabt teeing up Faurlin for a shot over the bar, but also included a half hearted penalty appeal when the newly crowned Championship Player of the Year hit the deck in the area.

Back on his feet, Taarabt produced a classy low cross from the right after his initial corner was cleared back to him but Clint Hill skewed his shot all the way across the face of goal and out when it seemed easier to score from inside the six yard box.

There was a goal coming though, and sure enough the R's took the lead just before the half hour. Another lovely move, featuring a glorious pass in behind the United defence from Faurlin, and excellent run into the channel from Helguson culminated in the Icelandic striker delivering the perfect ball back from the byline, with many of the visiting players wrongly believing him to be offside, for Routledge to volley crisply past Simonsen after being left completely unmarked eight yards out. There was a kiss for the Sky camera in celebration, but no feral outpouring of profanities as I believe is the fashion these days.

The response from United was a reasonable one. Henderson knocked a ball down for Quinn to try his luck with but the shot was blocked away. Then when four United players bunched up awaiting a corner and burst in different directions the QPR defence seemed momentarily fooled and Bogdanovic was able to get across his marker and meet the ball first time at the near post but his shot was cleared from the goal line by Derry. Bogdanovic then tried his luck from distance but his low shot flew straight at Kenny and posed him few difficulties.

The nominations for the QPR Goal of the Season award are already in but they may have needed to reprint the voting forms had Bradley Orr's strike seven minutes before half time sailed into the top corner as it initially threatened to do. Rangers showed a willingness to play the ball out from the back all night, typified by Faurlin's deft touch and sublime pass as a ball fell out of the sky onto the end of his boot in his own penalty area, and did so again for the Orr chance. Gone are the days when a QPR throw in would simply be turfed down the line, usually straight onto the head of a waiting defender, causing further pressure on our own defence. On this occasion a throw down by our own corner flag was worked across the field well by first Taarabt, and then Derry who found Orr marauding into space down the right flank. he cut inside onto his unfavoured left foot but wasn't afraid to try an unlikely 25 yarder that was curling towards the top corner from the moment it left his boot and had Simonsen frantically scrambling across his goal but ultimately missed the target by no more than a foot.

Sheff Utd's best spell of the game came in the final five minutes of the first half. First Quinn threatened to burst in behind the QPR rearguard after Henderson had won the initial header and Bogdanovic had flicked the ball in behind Hall. Eventually the carrot topped midfielder fired into the side netting, and he protested angrily that Hall had leant on him illegally to prevent him scoring but referee Stroud, with two 3-0 QPR wins on his record already this season, showed no interest. The referee did however book Clint Hill on the stroke of the break as he cynically chopped down Evans wide on the right after being done for pace. The resulting free kick bobbled around in the area for a moment before being whacked away to safety, and the half time whistle followed a short time later.

Perhaps Mickey Adams spent his time in the dressing room reminding his players of the increasingly desperate points to game equation they are facing over the coming weeks because they came out for the second half with a bit of purpose about them. Bogdanovic fired over from inside the area when he was well placed to do better, and then the ever hilarious Nosworthy let rip from distance with a shot that caught Fitz Hall full in the face and left him with a nose similar to Tara Palmer Tomkinson.

As so often this season though QPR started to move up through the gears in the second stanza. They doubled their lead, and killed the game as any kind of contest, seven minutes after the break. Predictably the goal involved Nosworthy and Faurlin, two men at opposite ends of the ability and form scale. First the former Gillingham defender, under little pressure, horribly miscontrolled the ball and conceded a needless corner. Then when Adel Taarabt’s set piece cleared everybody at the near post young Matthew Lowton showed his inexperience at the back stick by clearing it straight back into the danger zone around the edge of the box. Alejandro Farulin didn’t need asking twice, the Argentinean unleashed a howitzer into the bottom corner from 20 yards out – it was in the back of the net before Simonsen even knew it had happened. A fabulous strike to underline another superb all round Faurlin performance.

In attempt to make amends Nosworthy embarked on a run up the right flank, which actually involved a couple of rudimentary, gratuitous step overs. After completing them successfully he laid the ball in field and went for the return pass, which he then allowed to roll under his foot and out for a throw in. That happened right in front of his manager, and it didn’t even take Adams 30 seconds to have a substitute dressed and ready to replace his hapless full back. The mercy killing was swift, the lesser Riise brother came on for him, but such was the detrimental effect on the entertainment value of Nosworthy’s departure that Neil Warock saw fit to bring on Patrick Agyemang for Adel Taarabt ten minutes later just to get everybody laughing again.

In between those two changes QPR added a third goal and could have scored more besides. On the hour Tommy Smith attempted to notch the goal his all action display sorely deserved with a drifted lobbed effort from 25 yards that cleared the cross bar with something to spare. Then five minutes later after another Smith break down the right the ball was worked into first Helguson, and then Routledge who fired a powerful low drive across the face of the goal and into the far bottom corner with Simonsen unable to do a thing about it. The goal, incisive in its execution and crisp in the finish, summed QPR up perfectly and put a nice gloss on the night and the scoreline. It was like shelling peas by this stage.

Sheffield United had clearly learned nothing from their many footballing lessons to this point because within two minutes of scoring his second goal Routledge was once more allowed to drift into the penalty area unmarked as Paddy Kenny launched a free kick deep into the United danger zone. Heidar Helguson, putting in one of his best performances of the season, won his header and knocked it down towards his winger and Routledge must have thought the match ball was his as he directed a decent first time effort on goal – Simonsen got down smartly to save it with one hand.

Adams also sent on Mark Yeates as a second half sub, a player who was hugely impressive in a 5-1 Middlesbrough win here 18 months ago but one who has gone badly downhill since and could easily have been on the receiving end of a similar scoreline here. Yeates’ first real action was to chase Paddy Kenny out towards the corner flag as the QPR keeper went on a bit of a walkabout on the end of a careless back pass from Clint Hill, who usually opts for the stand in such situations and will no doubt revert to that policy again after this near miss. Foolishly, with the keeper in trouble and going nowhere, Yeates kicked him up in the air and received a booking rather than the goal scoring chance that he should have created.

Then it was time for Agyemang, and the comedy we’d lost when Nosworthy was withdrawn was immediately restored. His first action saw him charge off down the line at high speed with the ball roughly within his vague vicinity and win a throw in. From that Smith crossed and Helguson headed over and then on the next attack Smith again accelerated towards the penalty area, as he did all night to great effect, and then set up faurlin whose shot from the edge of the area carried rather less venom than the one he scored with did.

Sheffield United had a lazy show wide from Yeates and the Evans drive into Henderson’s gut to show for their meagre efforts, but the traffic by this stage was like the planes heading into Heathrow. All one way, relentlessly, with monotonous regularity.

The move of the match should have made it four nil ten minutes from time, but unfortunately the man on the end of it was the one person we probably didn’t want to be there. Derry started the move, chipping the ball wide to Helguson on the right flank who touched the ball effortlessly infield with his first touch. Routledge collected and lobbed a delicate left footed ball into the path of Agyemang on the edge of the area. Meanwhile Helguson had continued his run to the byline where Agyemang found him perfectly and then took up position eight yards out from goal in the centre of the penalty area to receive the perfectly weighted return from Helguson and then inexplicably lean back and fire over the bar when the goal was begging to be scored.

I don’t like to steal other people’s material, but I’ve seen two descriptions of Agyemang’s performance on the message board today that just summed it up absolutely perfectly for me. One wit suggested that he had the appearance of a QPR fan who’d won the chance to play for Rangers for 20 minutes in a competition, while another compared his affect on this game to that of releasing an enthusiastic elephant onto the set of the Antiques Roadshow. Let’s just say he was good value on Monday night, though probably not in the way he intended to be.

The chances kept coming. Doyle carelessly gave the ball away to the effervescent Smith on the corner of the penalty area and he raced into space in the danger area before drawing another fine one handed save from Simonsen, who was by now a seriously overworked goalkeeper. ‘England’s number one’ the taxi load of Sheffield United fans chanted, presumably as some sort of meek jibe at our own Paddy Kenny. Simonsen certainly gets more practice than most English keepers at the moment, but short of bricking up his goal it’s difficult to see a way he can stem the tide of goals against when his defence is playing like this.

Smith deserved a goal more than most, but it wasn’t to be and with nine minutes left for play he was withdrawn to a standing ovation. Ishmael Miller, office linebacker, was introduced and he fired up the pain train with almost his first touch of the game – hammering a powerful effort into the side netting from inside the area, and then firing over the bar with his next chance.

Miraculously, as their visits to the other end of the field had become s rare as rocking horse shit, Sheffield United did actually get the ball in the net five minutes from time when Henderson nodded in off the post but the whistle had long since gone with the ball out for a goal kick in the build up. In four minutes of stoppage time Kaspars Gorkss deflected a shot from Yeates away to safety but 3-0 flattered the Blades as it was and had QPR been denied a twenty second clean sheet of the season it would have been a travesty.

Sky Sports cut to a shot of Chris Hughton in the stands, and then bunged a camera in Adams’ face at the final whistle, presumably insinuating that an unprecedented fourth change of manager could be afoot. One would think Sheffield United’s board has done quite enough damage this season, without wading in and causing more farce at this stage. I’d say their team is a clear and obvious consequence of rank poor management, but to call it a team at all would be pushing it.

By contrast, QPR put in just about the perfect team display in this match and the only regret was because of a mixture of poor finishing and good goalkeeping the scoreline wasn’t up around the five or six mark that we really deserved. Man of the Match could be given to Helguson, Smith, Routledge or Faurlin with few complaints but there were no bad players in Hoops on Monday night and the R’s were an absolute pleasure to watch.

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QPR: Kenny 7, Orr 8, Hall 8, Gorkss 7, Hill 7, Faurlin 9, Derry 8 (Buzsaky 86, -), Smith 9 (Miller 81, -), Taarabt 7 (Agyemang 71, 6), Routledge 9, Helguson 8

Subs Not Used: Cerny, Ephraim, Chimbonda, Shittu

Booked: Hill (foul)

Goals: Routledge 29 (assisted Helguson), Faurlin 52 (assisted Taarabt), Routledge 66 (assisted Helguson)

Sheff Utd: Simonsen 8, Nosworthy 2 (Riise 59, 5), Collins 3, Lowton 4, Mattock 4, Montgomery 4, Doyle 4, Quinn 7, Bogdanovic 6 (Yeates 64, 5), Henderson 6, Evans 5 (Bent 79, 5)

Subs Not Used: Aksalu, Cresswell, Kozluk, McAllister

Booked: Montgomery (foul), Yeates (foul)

QPR Star Man – Alejandro Faurlin 9 Pick any one from four or five players for this. Faurlin takes it for me, just, for an exquisite range of passing including a glorious pass in the run up to the first goal, and a fabulous goal to boot.

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire) 8 Three QPR games this season, three 3-0 wins for the Super Hoops. He can come again. To be fair there can be no accusations of bias here, Sheff Utd put up such meek resistance he had little to referee. Both teams had weak penalty appeals turned down in the second half, and right at the end of the game a shot deflected wide from Henderson and was given as a goal kick but other than that it was a sound night of refereeing with three cards awarded, all correctly. Attendance: 14,535 (400 Sheff Utd approx) Lower crowds are an inevitable consequence of televised matches and Monday night kick offs, and the attendance wasn’t helped by the tiny following from Sheffield (which again was understandable given the circumstances) but after the outpouring of angst and gnashing of teeth over who could and couldn’t get a Leeds ticket, and the season we are having, I found it unbelievable that there were quite so many empty seats around for this game.

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French_Hoops added 02:28 - Apr 6
I totally agree with you Clive about the empty seats... Those claiming being a QPR fan for the past 600 years will probably come up with all good excuses for not being at LR last night but omg their lives have been thrown away in the garbage bin because they can't show their Binatone shirt in May...
Anyway, the only thing missing from last night was a Tommy Smith's goal. He truly is a class-act.
I was also very impressed by Helguson's defensive work-rate.
It was really nice to hear the crowd finally singing and praising NW. It was long overdue. I appreciate his loyalty towards his ex-clubs, always applauding the opposite crowd when we played CP and last night SU.

Kiwi76 added 03:23 - Apr 6
Good review as always Clive and nice to be able to have actually seen the full 90mins for a change and reassure myself that you can be trusted!! Up there with the Derby (4-2) match from last season in terms of best televised performance seen in recent memory.
NW has great work ethic in this team and HH was still chasing down defenders at 3-0 up and few mins to go - excellent performance from him but agree with Faurlin as MoM.
Smith's 100th goal can't be far away either...

JB007007 added 08:01 - Apr 6
We can all relate to your introduction Clive. Really summing up that when you are down there nothing falls for you and nothing went right for the Blades.
We were trying to pick a MOM after the game and every time we mentioned someone, another player would be offered. We definately look more dangerous in attack with Tommy Smith, HH is just perfect for our game plans, Orr looked lively, Derry was bossing again, but agree Faurlin gets it again. When (not if now) we are promoted, he must surely get a look in for Argentina if he continues with these sort of performances. Two wins and counting!

1MoreBrightonR added 09:45 - Apr 6
This game was incredibly comfortable. Missed the first 20 mins (train from Brighton cancelled...grr) but i felt we controlled it pretty much from the start. We took our foot off the gas a bit after our first goal but i thought we were incredible the second half and loved the fact that at 3-0 up, Warnock kept bringing on forwards.

Taraabt is interesting when we are on tv....i think he is overly worried about being too greedy as he has been on tv in the past but as a result, doesnt actually quite know how to play. He didnt play badly at all but it doesnt quite click for him on tv.

dixiedean added 09:49 - Apr 6
Dear FA,if you're reading this please ignore this nonsense about Faurlin. He's a mediocre player and has had no effect at all on our promotion push.He's no better than George Kulscar. There we go, that's the end of the threat of demotion/points deduction. All sorted. Apart from the obvious MOM ( sshhhh) I'd go for HH as I've rarely seen a centre forward play so selflessly and do so much defensive work in and around our own box. What odds him scoring at Watford ( and not celebrating, but for different reason to Agyemang in those dark, yet recent days) ? 400 Blades there ? Looked like 100 max to me, bit like Fulham fans at Wigan or Bolton.

NorwayRanger16 added 09:55 - Apr 6
Superb and accurate report Clive.
I started my journey after work in Norway, reached my seat 4 seconds before the ref got the game under way, that's timing ! :-)
Great atmosphere under the floodlights.

Had a cheeky bet at half time on us winning 4-0, surely that would be the least we deserved?! Big Pat, how could you miss that sitter???

As you rightly point out, the whole team performed brilliantly. Agree on Faurlin as MOM, his goal tipping it in his favour.
Had he just crowned his perfect performance with a goal Helguson would have run away with MOM, he was so accurate on the night, almost everything came of, brilliant vision for the game. What a difference Tommy Smith brings to the attack, we are so much more fluid with him.

Says a lot when we're not talking about Routledge after his match winning display, credit for his celebration in the camera, very unlike his namesake Wayne R.
Bradley Orr looks so focused and professional, when another full back would have had their head in their hands after coming so close with a curling effort, it didn't faze him at all, back to work again. This is exactly what NW is looking for in his team, focus.

Can someone explain to me how Sheff Utd could win the shot count? Kenny didn't have a save to make, apart from Bogdanovic missing the sitter at the start of the second half they created nothing worth noting.

Happy days :-)

antoknee64 added 10:21 - Apr 6
Another superb report Clive,yes i got to admit it was so hard to choose MOTM,Faurlin probably just edged it for me over HH who was playing with the brain of Bobby Moore the legs of a young Micky Thomas and the head of Sir Les,great performance all round.

Eltham_Ranger added 11:14 - Apr 6
Hey Clive,
I regularly read your website and I always find it interesting, excellently written and perfectly researched. I completely agree with your comments we've been where they are and it's awful. I remember a long time ago getting stuffed 5-0 at Wimbledon (think Ainsworth may have actually scored) and then thinking well it can;t get any worse so Dad and I journeying up to Preston only to see the scoreline repeated. Times were bad then but we're really making up for them now.

I did miss the Sheffield United game because I'm on crutches at the moment with ligament damage in my foot but I have my Barnsley tickets staring at me right now so I just hope I can drive to that one.

Thanks for all your hard work on the website, my wife and I really appreciate it.

SomersetHoops added 11:30 - Apr 6
Thanks Clive - great report as usual.
Does this mean we have finally shaken off the mantle of worst performers on the telly. As it was a working day I was restricted to TV watching and have not seen us look better apart from some classics from the Rodney and Stan days. I'm sad to see Pat Ag. loosing his touch and sharpness, but he hasn't had much chance to fine-tune those parts of his play in actual games, so I'm prepared to forgive him the miss. I think Ish Miller and Pat's substitutions would have been better the other way round as I think if Miller had been on earlier we would have got at least one more of the goals this performance deserved.

kingsburyR added 11:57 - Apr 6

Great article, although you love Faurlin more than I love Derry which is slightly unhealthy.

Smith was my MOM. He brings alot to our team and just gets on with it!

But it really gone to anyone of 6 or 7. I also had £10 on 4-0 and 5-0.

Cheers Pat!

ade_qpr added 12:56 - Apr 6
as stated previously love your work clive
great to watch from afar and yes faurlin mom for me marvellous to watch him one minute in our 18 yard box defending next up the other end setting up someone with a chance on goal or having a crack and in this game what a crack goal of season??
to sum up this match - Like watching the goalkeeper play russian roulette with a firing squad. you knew what was coming it was only a matter of time.
any one know if micheal marrone is trying out and how is he going?

DublinQPR74 added 16:41 - Apr 6
"There was a kiss for the Sky camera in celebration, but no feral outpouring of profanities as I believe is the fashion these days."

He he. I actually had the misfortune to be at the West Ham v Man Utd match. I couldn't believe how dirty a player Rooney is.. elbows in people's backs, theatrical diving for the ref, making gestures to the home fans after scoring a goal. That said, West Ham were muck and deserve to go down.

I tell you this because I had booked flights for the QPR v Sheff Utd match which was moved to Monday so we were at a loose end on Saturday in London. Ouch.

Great read as usual. I think Chris Hughton is better than League 1. Sounds like it was an immense game. The bit I saw on the interweb looked great.

extratimeR added 19:33 - Apr 6
Thanks Clive!

Very very accurate report, Nosworthy in high Heels, steady Clive!
I was disapointed when he went off, as after a long distance attempt aimed at the kebab shop in the Uxbridge Road, the unforced corner, and said ball under foot, I was expecting something special before the end.

I was interested to see who you put up as MOM, and yes this had to be his best performance of the season, he's getting better, more relaxed, would'nt be surprised to see a few more goals out of him before seasons end. (Smith also had probably his best game as well).

As mentioned above, alot of comment around me about the available seats.

Thanks Clive.,

jo_qpr63 added 21:42 - Apr 6
Great report on a great match. I watched the game again when i got home still buzzing and to see those goals go in on slo mo replays was fantastic. I thought all the team played well, full of confidence. Bring on Chelsea!!

Clubber added 21:42 - Apr 6
Three (there are more ) reasons i hate our support- 1 12000 at home when we needed to beat WBA to get in to europe under venables-2 Liverpool at home in the milk cup semi , on telly but no where near a sell out -3 Newcastle away ,the game after Gerry said he was going to leave and not one protest for him to stay .This is my biggest gripe with my fellow supporters ,because if Gerry staye d we could have been something with football to die for ,under a QPR man .You fools .

benbu added 10:09 - Apr 7
Darius Henderson = large cow stuck on an escalator... superb!

Very impressed with Rangers monday night, did very little wrong (against a dreadful Sheffield United side). This match reminded me of Preston at home in what can only be described as a training match. Sensible decision of NW to take Adel off early when the game was wrapped up. I was also impressed with HH and Smith both worked extremely hard but again Alejandro was the main man for me - fantastic performance and to cap it off with a great strike.

Agreed totally with the comments on the attendance. However when times are hard I can see why people stay at home and watch sky especially when the club dont have any special offers on tickets. In the position we are though I can only see the Barnsley game not selling out.

The FA's decision to announce the findings of the hearing the day before Leeds at home - WTF is that all about? Again no real sense behind it all. Should QPR make promotion in the next few games and it being seen Worldwide, the FA cant then deduct points 1 day from the end of the season - would make English Football Assocaition a total joke

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