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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hats Off to Charlie....


This afternoon the R's hosted a West Brom side that were fresh from their derby day victory against Aston Villa and looking to extend the gap between themselves and the bottom three. Could the R's take the boing out of the Baggies and get themselves a much needed win after Monday night's defeat at the hands of Everton.

True to recent form myself and Jess arrived late once again and missed much of the build up to the game with the gang but we did bump into Jack on our way to the ground before happily joining up with Lofty, PK, Jenson and Luke for an unusually confident pre-match chinwag and exchange of Christmas cards before heading up to the Upper Loft.

Four changes were made from the team that lost on Monday night. Isla(personal reasons), Mutch, Hoilett and Phillips were all benched as they were replaced by Caulker, Henry, Zamora and Austin.

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The visitors got out of the traps extremely well, being very quick to close down the midfield and defence at every opportunity which in turn lead to the R's mis-placing many passes and were not able to get into any rhythm at all.
The Baggies looked threatening down both wings as Varela and Sessegnon's pace led to Vargas and Fer having to drop deeper, meaning that as the R's trying to break on the counter there was only Austin and Zamora up there to try and hold the ball up and the support was not quick enough to ensure we could take advantage of a West Brom defence that has conceded the least amount of goals on the road out of all the teams in the league.
After spurning two early chances through Gardener and Ideye, Albion took the lead with ten minutes on the clock.
Pocognoli's corner found Lescott unmarked and the former England man made no mistake to head home his first goal since joining the club in the summer.
Ten minutes later the visitors extended their lead. Varela and Sessegnon exchanged passes to release Varela through on goal before slotting underneath Green to double the difference. Green could and maybe should've done better, however it was an excellent one-two that created the space for Varela to break free before scoring.
The silence that was around the ground echoed how stunned we all were that we found ourselves two down after twenty minutes and looking totally out of sorts and really wondering how we were going to come back from this. The next goal was always going to be a key moment and potentially an indicator as to how the game was going to pan out.
Five minutes later a lifeline was given to us. Barton's inswinging corner led to Fer and Morrison coming together, it was not clear what happened but it was enough for referee Pawson to point to the spot. In all honesty I did not see what it was for and West Brom fans were clearly incensed by it so it'll be one to view on Match of the Day!
Austin stepped up and rifled past Foster, who dived the wrong way, relief!!!
This gave the R's a lot more confidence, however the Baggies midfield three were outnumbering Barton and Henry and often left gaping holes either side of them, leaving us susceptible to further attacking threats and the pace of the front three.

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Going into the break we were all quite happy, relieved yet still confident that we could get a result from this, which says something about our recent form at home. We just needed to settle ourselves down, get the passing game together and stop playing long to Zamora so often.

I joined Jenson bang on the restart as Lofty and PK remained downstairs a few minutes more, leaving the pair of us to celebrate the early equalizer by ourselves.
Barton's corner was met by the leaping salmon that was Richard Dunne who saw his header clawed out of the top corner, only for that man Austin to stroke home from a few yards out. Game on!!!
Minutes later the West Brom defence was opened up once more as Austin played in Barton, who was through on goal before then being tripped when he was going to be one on one with Foster. How the penalty was not given I do not know!! Livid is the most polite word I can give!!! It will easily be one of the most stonewall penalties you will see this season!
This opened the game up, with both teams looking threatening at either end as the two teams both looking like they could grab another, this one was going to go either way!
Austin was denied a hat-trick on several occasions by Foster, however the top scoring Englishman would not be denied the match ball.
It was yet another Barton corner that was fired in and Austin was on hand to thump home his header and deliver another three home points for the R's!

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For once it was three set pieces that led to all the R's goals, which in recent years has been a rarity in W12 but Joey Barton and of course Charlie Austin played a huge part in snatching three points today. Barton did not enjoy his greatest game, in fact I thought he was terrible in the first half but his second half performance more than more up for it as he showed the battling qualities that helped to spur the rest of the team forward whilst also leading from the front as captain and being very vocal throughout the game.
Special praise also has to go to Dunne and Caulker, who despite conceding two goals, were strong and resilient throughout in what was a testing battle against Brown Ideye and Berahino when he came on.
But Charlie Austin, what more can you say about him?? A fantastic centre forward, he may not have a great deal of pace, however he always manages to find himself in those key goal scoring positions and has been the catalyst of our side now for a season and a half. The fact that he has been involved in over 60% of our goals this season shows how essential he is to the success of our side.

Our Man of the Match has been a simple choice, our match winner Charlie Austin!

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Lofty will return after our Boxing Day game against Arsenal where anything more than zero points will be a huge bonus!

From myself, Lofty and the gang, we'd like to wish you all and your families a very Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rangers Fail to Deflect Away Record...


Everton 3-1 QPR

QPR's wretched away from continued, this time at Goodison Park where Everton ran out 3-1 winners, leaving the R's now the ONLY team in England without an away point..

With the SKY cameras choosing this one for a Monday night fixture, it was always going to be a tall order getting to this one, or indeed, wanting too, so close to Christmas and the expense that comes with it. So instead of a stream, it was a night in front of the TV. Well, for me, the laptop as the other half chose to watch the Bette Midler thing on ITV, so on a personal note, it was double the pain having to listen to that and watch the R's get beaten on the road once more.

To be fair, this one wasn't as bad as the scoreline may suggest and Rangers were well in this game in the early stages - Matt Phillips went close from the edge of the area latching onto Baines's clearance.

But with the home fans starting to get edgy, Everton went and took the lead when Ross Barkley picked up the ball in his own half, played a neat one two with Lukaku, before carrying on his run before lashing the ball into the top left corner. The ball did take a slight deflection off Isla but it only helped it on it's way and Green was never going to stop it - a great goal.



It was 2-0 shortly before half time and when your lucks out, your luck is most definitely out - a free kick on the edge of the box from Mirallas, deflected off the jumping Vargas, wrong footing Rob Green and then into the net.



It was hoped Rangers would make more of a fight of things in the second half but on 53 minutes, if it wasn't already, it was game over -  a poor clearance from Green ended up with Mirallas finding McGeady, who crossed for the unmarked Naismith to head home, despite the best efforts of Richard Dunne on the goal line.

Rangers did then have a real go and there was a glimmer of hope on 80 minutes when Mutch saw his effort palmed out by Howard, only into the path of Bobby Zamora who tapped the ball home.



But hope was all it turned out to be and it could have been worse late on when Etoo hit the post for the home side in stoppage time..

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 14 Isla
  • 22 Dunne
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 13 Yun Suk-young
  • 07 Phillips (Zamora - 59' )
  • 17 Mutch Booked
  • 08 Barton
  • 10 Fer (Kranjcar - 77' )
  • 23 Hoilett
  • 24 Vargas

Substitutes

  • 05 Ferdinand
  • 06 Hill
  • 11 Wright-Phillips
  • 12 McCarthy
  • 19 Kranjcar
  • 20 Henry
  • 25 Zamora
Man of the Match - sadly only one vote came in and it was Lee, who highlighted Everton's Besic as his choice, and Yun for the R's. For me, we had a real go when Zamora came on and that is my choice, as he scored his first goal since 'that' goal at Wembley. So using the Editors Choice, this weeks vote goes to Bobby Zamora.

As mentioned, this wasn't as bad as the scoreline suggested and the R's in spells played some decent football. But the longer this away record goes on, the worse it will get as the pressure will continue to mount..

We will be back at the weekend as Lee will review the vital HOME game with WBA..

Keep the Faith and Come on you R'sssssss!!

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Charlie and Leroy Get the Job Dunne......


This afternoon saw another huge battle at the bottom as Burnley made the trip to Loftus Road in what would be an important game for both sides. Burnley themselves have been in good form as the R's are heavily relying on their home form to stage their fight for survival. Surely an intriguing game was ahead for us?

The gang had two casualties today as Jenson attended his wife's birthday and PK missed out due to his car breaking down. Traffic held Jess and myself up and we arrived fifteen minutes before kick off, delighted after hearing Chelsea lose to Newcastle.

Two changes were made to the side that lost at Swansea on Tuesday.
Onuoha and Kranjcar dropped to the bench as they were replaced by Isla and Zamora.

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The first half was far from an entertaining encounter and very few points to note.
Burnley had the better of the chances with Rob Green having to be in top form to prevent the visitors taking the lead. Green fumbled Marney's right wing cross as Isla got in the way of the R's number one and the ball fell to Arfield, who must've thought he'd won the lottery, had a gaping goal in front of him and looked to place the ball beyond the Rangers' defence that were laying on the floor, amazingly Green made a great recovery and spread himself as wide as he could and deflected the shot out for a corner via his face. An incredible recovery and save!!
Green was again called into action shortly after as George Boyd picked up the pieces on the edge of the box and unleashed a left footed swerver that started outside the far post and curled in towards the top corner..... it was destined to nestle in the top corner but that man Green somehow stretched his arm out to fingertip it onto the post and out for another corner! Green was on song again following an immense performance at Swansea mid week and it was going to take something special to beat him today!
The R's finally started to get a foothold in the game after twenty five minutes and had one real notable chance in the first half.
Vargas beat Ben Mee down the R's right and fired in on Tom Heaton's goal but saw the effort blocked before then being cleared to safety.

At half time I cannot say we were enthused at all, this game wasn't for a football purist and had a sense that neither team wanted to lose the game. Burnley had the better of the chances and were unsettling the R's with there full on pressure play and didn't allow our midfield to settle or string passes together and this often led to us hitting a long ball to Zamora or firing their passes wayward.

Burnley started the better of the teams in the second half but the R's grabbed the all important first goal six minutes into the half.
Zamora released Austin down the R's left and the former Burnley man squared beautifully to Fer as the Dutchman grabbed his second goal at Loftus Road in two games when he side-footed home to raise the roof and release all the tension that had been building up around the ground.
The goal should of deflated the visitors, however to their credit they used this as a springboard to put Rangers' under the cosh in a very nervy ten minute spell for the home faithful.
The intense pressure led to the R's making a change with Zamora coming off and Kranjcar coming on to play behind Austin a give an extra man in midfield and try to nullify Burnley's attacking threats.
With fifteen minutes left the game was finally put to bed.
Rangers' strung together a good twenty plus passes before Isla and Vargas played a clever one-two with each other as Isla then pulled back a delightful cross to Austin who fired home to seal the points and it certainly looked like the R's number 9 enjoyed scoring it before giving the Burnley fans a little wave as he jogged back to the halfway line.
The visiting fans were soon waving good bye to Austin as straight from the re-start Austin was giving a second yellow for what looked like a fair aerial challenge that Keane fell from like he had been shot. No sooner had the second yellow been dished out he jumped straight back up and made a miracle recovery! I may be wrong with what I said but that's how it looked to me.....
Burnley applied their numerical advantage well, however they did not create too many clear cut chances to, if anything Rangers' should've extended their lead further when Fer slid in Yun Suk-Young one on one with the 'keeper back the left back's shot was well saved by Heaton.

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This was a massive three point for the R's and sees us rise from the bottom of the table to fourth from bottom.
It was a very hard earned victory and you have to credit Burnley for a very hard working performance and did not allow us to settle in any way during the game but it was the better finishing by us that ultimately won the game. Danny Ings looks like a player with huge potential but when you have the likes of Ashley Barnes, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Marvin Sordell as choices behind him, they are going to heavily rely on him to pull them through the season.
Austin's red card overshadowed another good performance by him and in all honesty him missing the Everton game will provide him with a much needed rest ahead of the huge games we have coming up against West Brom and Palace.
You also have to give a massive amount of credit to our defenders today as we were put under a huge amount of pressure but all of the back five put in fantastic performances and this was our first clean sheet since we beat Villa at the end of October.

Onto our Man of the Match. Sam gave her vote to Fer for another great performance in front of the home crowd. PK went for Green after the incredible saves he made in the first half kept us in with a chance of winning the game. The remainder of the votes from Jess, Lofty, Luke, Jenson, Lorna and myself go to a very worthy winner in Richard Dunne. He was simply superb today and did not put a foot wrong at all!

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With the Everton game being on Monday next week we can all enjoy a stress free weekend and look forward to the difficult trip to Goodison Park.

Until then Keep The Faith!!!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Green Takes Liberties in Swansea..


Swansea 2-0 QPR

QPR's dismal away form sadly continued this evening, with two late goals sealing the win for Swansea, despite heroics from Rob Green in the R's goal..



No LH representation in Wales tonight unfortunately due to various commitments from us all and being a bit too close to Christmas to justify the expense. Jenson made a late decision not to attend as Swansea announced tickets were off sale, with Jenson hoping to pay on the door.

So, for many of us, it was a good old stream, sat in the warm. Personally, I was running late getting home and was enduring the torture of Lee, Jenson and Luke on our Whassap group, chatting about the game which was very difficult, as I was sat in my car, I was struggling to keep up with it all.

The general feedback was that the R's were holding their own, although threatening little, but what was obvious was the game Rob Green was having in the Rangers goal and one save in particular, which I haven't seen yet, had the boys drooling!

Happily I was indoors and settled for the second half which sadly , wasn't much to write home about from a Rangers point of view. Rangers were hanging on somewhat and offered little as an attacking threat, only forcing a couple of corners towards the last 20 minutes with Green still producing heroics at the other end.

With twelve minutes left and just as we all hoped we may hold on for a valuable, precious point, Swansea finally managed to beat Rob Green - as Rangers pushed up for an offside, the ball was played to Ki and with Dunne playing him slightly on, he fired home with a powerful effort from a tight angle.

It was game over five minutes later, when Leroy Fer lost possession on the left and decided he would just stand there rather than chase back, the ball found it's way to former Ranger, Routledge who finished well from outside the box.

The Rangers heads were certainly down now and only the post prevented Bony from making it three..



Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 22 Dunne
  • 04 Caulker
  • 13 Yun Suk-young
  • 20 Henry
  • 08 Barton Booked (Hoilett - 80' )
  • 24 Vargas
  • 19 Kranjcar
  • 10 Fer Booked
  • 09 Austin

Substitutes

  • 05 Ferdinand
  • 07 Phillips
  • 12 McCarthy
  • 14 Isla
  • 17 Mutch
  • 23 Hoilett
  • 25 Zamora
Man of the Match - never a more easy a vote - Rob Green - a truly outstanding performance!!

So, that's 7 away games and 7 defeats for Rangers this season and the away form remains a concern. The performance of Green was a massive positive to take from tonight and a further positive is, that we are at home on Saturday...

Lee will return to review what will hopefully be another thrilling home win over Burnley...

Until the, Keep the Faith and Come on you R'sssss!!


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fer-middable Austin Out Foxes Leicester.....


Leicester traveled down to West London today in a battle of the two promoted sides and also battle of two of the bottom three in the Premier League. Leicester have been out of sorts recently whilst Rangers' needed to ensure that they avoided defeat and the risk of slowly being cut away at the bottom of the table. The ingredients for a game which either side could not afford to lose, a six pointer maybe?

Due to difficulty parking in the area Jess and myself did not arrive at the ground until fifteen minutes before kick off, meaning we had to quickly rush in, meet Lofty, PK and Jenson and then take our seats. Sam, Luke and Lorna were already in their seats by the time we arrived.

Three changes were made from the defeat at Newcastle. Dunne missed out through suspension, Zamora dropped out of the squad with a back injury whilst Sandro will be out of action until January with a knee injury. They were replaced by Isla, Vargas and Krancjar respectively.

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Before kick off we paid our respects to Malcolm Oakley who sadly passed away this week. Malcolm was well known around the club and our condolences go out to his family. A superb minutes applause was taken by both sets of fans.
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At the beginning of the game we could all be guilty of thinking that taking three points would be a formality if we put in a battling performance like we have done in recent home fixtures, especially against a team that have failed to score in their last five games....
Within four minutes that script was well and truly torn apart!
Ulloa's blocked shot fell to the feet of Esteban Cambiasso, who side footed inside Green's right post in a well taken goal with precision that stunned the Loftus Road crowd.
The atmosphere really quietened in the ground following the goal and Leicester used to this to their advantage and played in their counter attacking style which caused plenty of problems to the R's back line. Vardy's hustling and bustling just behind Ulloa ensured that he was applied pressure and was forcing errors in the middle third of the field and did not give a moments peace to anyone.
It took Rangers' a good twenty minutes to settle into the game and  the encounter turned into a good old fashioned Championship game flowing end to end and being a very entertaining afternoon.
Leicester failed to make the most of several good chances and were punished ten minutes before the interval when who else but Steven Caulker found himself on the left wing before swinging in a perfect low cross which was met by Wes Morgan as he done his best Richard Dunne impression and poked the ball into his own net to level the game.
Straight from kick off Leicester broke away and if it wasn't for a fantastic save from Green then the visitors could of easily restored their lead.
With half time looming there was time for the third goal of the game.
Barton's right wing cross was too high for Vargas, however Austin was on hand to power a header which was saved by Schmeichel but the ball fell kindly to Fer, who volleyed into the ground and through the hands of the 'keeper as he bagged his first goal for the R's.

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Half time was a welcome relief from an intense game and a lot more enjoyable following Fer's goal. I thought wearing my retro Holland shirt had brought us some luck, however it was soon revealed why he had returned to form, Lofty had in fact taken him out of his fantasy team and lifted the curse.

Leicester started the second half much the better side and created two good chances in the first five minutes of the half. Firstly Mahrez saw an effort beaten away by Green before Vardy glanced a header onto the top of the bar.
Rangers' just needed to slow the tempo of the game down and take the sting out of Leicester's attack but the visitors kept snapping back and we have not seen our defence come up against this constant battle and it was really going to be a test for the remainder of the game.
On the hour mark the R's finally breached the back line as Austin was clear to send an eighteen yard volley towards goal, only to see Schmeichel more than equal to it and turn it around the post for a corner.
Unfortunately the R's could not continue the momentum from this, instead it was the Foxes that came back stronger and with 68 minutes on the clock they were level.
Rangers' failed to clear a Leicester corner properly as Schlupp was on hand to send his twenty yard volley through the crowded penalty area and into the bottom corner. A well taken goal, however it could have been prevented on several occasions.
The game continued to swing from end to end, however there was to be a fifth goal and it proved to be the winner seventeen minutes from time.
Leicester themselves failed to deal with a corner and it was Onuoha who saw his header blocked before Austin followed up to head home and seal a much needed three points.

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In all fairness this game could've ended 8-8 and Leicester had plenty of chances to punish us, however they just lacked that finishing prowess in the final third. This was probably the most pressure our defence has been under for a very long time.
It wasn't our greatest performance, however it was just good to see us grind out a result and get another three points on the board.

On to our Man of the Match. I went for Karl Henry's battling and impressive defensive performance. Vargas' industrious performance drew a vote from Lofty. All remaining votes from Jess, Sam, Luke, PK, Jenson and Lorna all went to Leroy Fer.

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We return in midweek as Lofty reviews our trip to Swansea.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Late Sissoko Strike Sinks Rangers..


Newcastle 1-0 QPR

A late Moussa Sissoko strike saw Newcastle's remarkable form continue and sadly send Rangers back to the bottom of the Premier League at St James Park yesterday..



It was only Jenson that represented LH up in the Toon yesterday as I was laid low with illness late Thursday evening -  and I decided I was not fit to travel on Friday lunchtime, giving Jenson ample time to find a replacement. But with this trip being a Corporate one, there wasn't a problem with that and Jenson and Co flew to the North East at around 9.45am. Other commitments saw Lee, Jess and PK also miss out and Sam and Luke had the little matter of their lovely twins 3rd Birthday - Happy Birthday Noah and Louie!!!

With messages and photos filtering through from Jenson, I settled down at about ten to three to find a stream, which wasn't as easy as I hoped and the one I found was truly dreadful, continually freezing and making it almost unwatchable. So I didn't see a great deal of the first half, which by all accounts was pretty even. Luckily I spent the half time break searching for a different one and I was able to watch the second half.

Both sides started the second half well and Charlie Austin tested Krul following Barton's chipped pass. Zamora then sent a header just over following a cross from Karl Henry. Sandro's injury problems looked to be continuing as he was replace by Kranjcar on the hour mark - and the Rangers sub should have made an almost instant impact, twisting and turning in the box before firing straight at Krul from a tight angle with Austin and Zamora waiting in the wings being the better option.



Cisse forced Green into action again but the breakthrough finally came with 12 minutes to go - Sissoko broke at pass and after exchanging passes with Ameobi, fired into the net giving Green no chance.

Rangers responded by bringing on Hoilett and with minutes to go, he lashed a shot harmslessly wide. In stoppage time, Cisse almost made it too but there was no pace on his effort past the advancing Green and Joey Barton cleared to safety. Despite plenty of the ball in the late stages, Rangers were unable to force the equaliser and Newcastle's 5th win on the bounce was confirmed...

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 15 Onuoha Booked
  • 22 Dunne Booked
  • 04 Caulker
  • 13 Yun Suk-young
  • 08 Barton
  • 30 Sandro (Kranjcar - 61' )
  • 20 Henry (Hoilett - 82' )
  • 10 Fer
  • 25 Zamora Booked
  • 09 Austin

Substitutes

  • 03 Traore
  • 07 Phillips
  • 12 McCarthy
  • 14 Isla
  • 17 Mutch
  • 19 Kranjcar
  • 23 Hoilett
Man of the Match

There were no votes from Sam and Luke, understandably busy on their Special day, but Jenson was the first through with Karl Henry. Jess voted for a decent comeback performance from Joey Barton. But this weeks winner and following a change of mind vote this morning from Jenson claiming the drink had influenced his original vote, he joined myself and Lee choosing Rob Green.

This was perhaps, disappointing in light of the R's recent showings, but despite Newcastle being very much a team bang in form , it was a very even game. Again the after match reading will highlight our dreadful away form, but make no mistake, Rangers were well worthy of a point here..

We shall return next week as Lee will review the crucial clash with Leicester on Saturday..

Keep the Faith and Come on you R'ssssssssssssss!!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Dean Display Leaves R's Feeling Blue....


Last night a football feast was served at Loftus Road as QPR played host to the Champions of England and out of sorts Man City. Could the R's build on last weeks spirited performance at Stamford Bridge and give another one of the countries 'top teams' a good run for their money?

The gang arrived at an extremely wet Loftus Road in plenty of time, with most of us opting to stay in the warmth of our cars until the 3pm kick offs had finished before making our way into the ground and running for shelter, whilst Jess had to make do with the concourse of the West Paddock for as long as possible before being sat in the rain for the entirety of the game. The gang were already huddled under cover in the Lower Loft when I arrived with Lofty, Sam, Luke, Jenson, Lorna and Zach reliving an adventurous weekend that had just passed for Zach after a fancy dress party saw him dressed up as Zippy before later in the evening being photographed with his friend dressed in a Bungle costume taking him from the rear, something Zach wanted to keep quiet yet felt he could trust showing us the photo of the event. It's safe to say that he didn't walk up the stairs very comfortably and was still feeling the after effects of it all......

Just one change was made to the side that was unfortunate to lose at Chelsea last week with Zamora taking Hoilett's place.

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Those in attendance held a minutes silence in tribute to those that unfortunately lost their lives 100 years ago in World War One, giving their lives to ensure we could have a better tomorrow.

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Rangers' started the game with all guns blazing and full of confidence after last weekend and had the ball in the back of the net in the opening ten minutes. Vargas' pinpoint cross was met by Charlie Austin as he placed his header past Joe Hart to send Loftus Road into raptures.......... only to see the goal chalked off (and rightly so) for offside.
From the resulting free kick Hart fluffed his kick as it fell to the feet of Austin and he drilled home a 25 yard shot, again the place erupted!!!!! The goal was disallowed once again to the dismay of the R's players and fans alike! Jenson was all over social media after the goal and we were told that Hart had kicked the ball twice in his clearance and was the reason behind the goal being ruled out. Cheated is the polite way of describing how we felt and were more than ready for more controversy as yet another Premier League Official was doing his best to protect one of England's big four, just as we witnessed against Chelsea last week!
Five minutes later and that man Austin forced Hart into a fantastic save after seeing his close range effort pushed around the post when it seemed a certainty that he would finally put the R's one up, he wasn't to be denied for much longer though!
With 20 on the clock the R's scored their third goal of the evening and this time Mike Dean could not disallow it!
Isla's cross from the right wing found Austin in space inside the penalty area and Charlie controlled the ball before placing his shot in the bottom left corner, leaving Hart with no chance! Austin ran to the corner to do the funky chicken as he scored his first hat trick on home soil, it's a shame the history books will never show that (especially as I bet on it at 150/1!).

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City slowly gained more composure as the game wore on as their patient passing was mainly ineffective, however when Toure curled one inches wide, nearly knocking out a young supporter in the process, you had that feeling a big chance was just around the corner.
That chance came just after the half hour when a simple ball over the top found Aguero running past the R's defence before then slotting past Green with City's first clear cut chance of the game. The goal had a suspicion of handball about it, which was confirmed in Green's protests after the goal and then on the replay we could clearly see Aguero had not only handballed but was also in an offside position!! How many times will these officials screw us over?? The mad thing is that Redknapp would get fined for speaking out against them yet they never come out and apologise or acknowledge their mistakes, instead they get continue to get protected when they cost teams valuable points and potentially managers their jobs. More should be done to get these refs to discuss these decisions whilst also making the so called third officials that do sod all apart from flag for the occasional offside and duck out of making any of the big decisions that often lead to goals being scored and conceded.
Just before the break Hart was once again on song as he denied Austin his second goal of the game, surely the R's number nine was impressing Roy Hodgson who was in attendance?

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We went into the second half feeling very aggrieved to not be leading after seeing the R's score three times and Aguero's handball/offside goal level things up. What was even more frustrating was the fact that of the five fouls conceded by the R's, four were deemed as bookable offenses, however similar challenges from the visitors were apparently not worthy of a caution! Another reason why Mike Dean was labelled as 'inept' by Gary Neville during commentary and that man always talks sense!!

The second half started with Barton taking the place of Sandro after the Brazilian had been struggling with his hamstring for the final ten minutes of the first half. A blow for us as he has been immense with Henry in the heart of the midfield and was keeping Yaya Toure very quiet all game, it was now up to Barton to match this work ethic to keep us on track against his former club.
City started the brighter of the teams in the opening exchanges of the second half but ten minutes in the R's had the ball in the back of the net again..... and yes you guessed it, it was disallowed again as Vargas has strayed marginally offside before tapping home.
City continued to probe, however the R's came close once again after Dunne's left wing cross found Vargas on the edge of the area before the Chilean volleyed towards goal and then Caulker diverted it via his thigh just wide of the post.
With fifteen minutes remaining the R's took the lead once again. Vargas and Austin combined down the right before Austin's teasing cross was met by the head of Zamora (or Demichelis' shoulder after seeing the replay) and we were looking like we were going to reap the rewards of an amazing performance.

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Minutes after Zamora's goal it was Aguero who found himself clean through on goal only to see his shot stopped by Dunne two yards short of the goal line.
That man Aguero wasn't to be denied another moment of glory though after Yaya Toure's long ball from just inside the City half floated over Dunne's head as Aguero collected, rounded Rob Green and then placed home past the three R's defenders who got back but could not deny the Argentinian his second goal of the evening.













If we had been offered a point before the game we would all of happily taken it, however after seeing that performance last night you cannot help but feel gutted. It was another fantastic performance by a great bunch of lads and yet again we gave Man City the game of their lives at Loftus Road.
To a man you cannot fault any performance out there and if we continue playing in this way then you can only see the points tally rise as we now have an 'easier' run of games now we have the Liverpool, Chelsea and City games, which were three of the last four played.

The Man of the Match saw a near clean sweep after just Lorna voted for Vargas but the remaining votes from Jess, Lofty, Sam, Luke, PK, Jenson and myself went to Charlie Austin.

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The International break is now upon us but Lofty will return with what will be an action packed report following the trip to Newcastle that he and Jenson will be taking.

Keep the Faith!!!