The 'Worldie' is Not Enough..
Palace 3-1 QPR
A 40 odd yard thunderbolt and possible goal of the season contender, from Matty Phillips, was sadly just scant consolation for QPR at Selhurst Park this lunchtime following yet another woeful awayday..
With it being a lunchtime kick off, it was an early start and I eventually met with PK, Jenson and Palace fans of Jenson's, Christian and Warren in Burnham just after 9. Sam and Luke trained it in, as did Lee and Jess as this was Jess's local game, explaining her unconditional hatred of the home side.
As you may or may not remember, the visit to Palace always brings a visit to Tasty Jerk, which is an excellent Jerk Chicken shop right near the Sainsburys at the ground. Any away fans going to Palace, we highly recommend you pay this place a visit. Jenson, myself, PK and Sam all sampled the delights of the chicken and in PK's case, the goat. Accompanied with some lethal hot sauce, very nice it was too!! Sadly, this turned out to be the highlight of the day..
The line up when it was announced raised a good few eyebrows, for one inclusion in particular, I feel I need mention no names, but it comes to something when the said individual was getting a talking too from Lee Mason, the R's fans were backing it up by chanting 'off, off, off, off'...
Onto the game and just sitting here writing these notes at 9.15 Saturday evening, I am STILL annoyed. Even more annoyed when hearing Chris Ramsey's interview on Talksport this evening, when he stated that, overall, he was pleased with the performance?!?
Rangers did actually start quite well, but Palace were getting a lot of success on the left hand side and took full advantage on 21 minutes when Bolasie crossed to find Zaha at the far post who side footed home, clattering into the post at the same time.
Palace went onto make the game safe 5 minutes before the break when Bolasie again, crossed from the left for McArthur to fire home. From my viewpoint it looked like Yun got the final touch but I may be wrong on that one.
Rangers were now all over the place and just two minutes later, it was 3 - this time from the right side where Ward held off, what I must say were some half hearted challenges before curling home - just too easy and this led to myself finally snapping with a foul mouthed volley at what was going on in front of us.
As tempting as it was to go home at this point, we stuck it out and the 'win away' chant was slightly changed at half time by a high spirited group of the excellent travelling support, to 'we never win away'. It certainly raised a smile or two and we took our places for the second half.
The second half was a bit of a non event really as Palace had a feel of job done about them, and it certainly was as Rangers struggled to make any sort of foothold into the game at all. On 80 minutes, myself, Jenson and PK said enough was enough and thought we would make an early start on the traffic (happily the 2 very gracious Palace fans came with us). Lee, Jess, Sam and Luke's reward for staying on was witnessing as mentioned earlier, a goal of the season contender from Matty Phillips, who picked up the ball just inside the Palace half and unleashed a 40 yard, dipping, swerving drive that flew into the top corner. Of course we have all seen it since and it really was the most incredible goal, just a shame it wasn't under better circumstances..
Queens Park Rangers
- 01 Green
- 38 Furlong (Hill - 45' )
- 15 Onuoha Booked
- 04 Caulker
- 13 Yun Suk-young
- 11 Wright-Phillips (Grego-Cox - 85' )
- 20 Henry Booked
- 30 Sandro Booked (Kranjcar - 84' )
- 07 Phillips
- 27 Taarabt
- 09 Austin
- 06 Hill
- 12 McCarthy
- 19 Kranjcar
- 23 Hoilett
- 24 Vargas
- 25 Zamora
- 39 Grego-Cox
At first there was a flat refusal from myself to accept any nominations, but thought I would pick out the man in the Jerk Chicken shop that was chopping the meat, it really was a first class performance. Sam's choice was the pillar on the left of the stand we were in for blocking a great deal of the shambles in front of us. PK singled out the Eagle that flies around the Stadium with some great control before the kick off and half time.. and Jess nominated her Subway sandwich for her personal highlight of the day. But a late one from Lee came in for 'that' goal and going close soon after and to be honest, I just cannot ignore it and today award goes to Matty Phillips.
I'm not going to dwell too much further on this one as I am still trying to calm down and enjoy the rest of my weekend. But will just add, as I did on the social networks earlier that I am not really convinced I am buying into this whole Chris Ramsey thing? There is no doubt at all he is an excellent coach but is taking the reigns of a Club in a dogfight a bit too much of an ask for the poor guy at the moment? As we see other teams namely Palace, Villa and WBA bearing the fruits of their latest appointments around us... something to think about I'm sure..
Keep the Faith and Come on you R'ssssssssss!!