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Saturday, July 22, 2006

A Ray of Light...


Gillingham 0-1 QPR

A Ray Jones goal was enough for Rangers today, in our last game before the players jet off to Italy to continue their pre season.


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What is now becoming, the 'usual' three gang members, took the trip over to Kent. The M25 was it's normal, charming self, and we arrived at Priestfield with little to spare - although just enough time to sneak a quick beer in.


It was great to see Nick Ward make his long awaited R's debut, and a suprise, and a pleasant one, to see Dan Shittu in the Rangers back four. At first Dan wasn't listed in the original squad, adding fuel to the 'will he,won't he' stay saga. It was also rumoured, that he would NOT be travelling to Italy with the rest of the squad. So, seeing Dan has confused all the speculation somewhat, but nevertheless, it was great to see him out there.


Onto the game, which wasn't one for the purists and was a hard fought, battling performance against a plucky Gillingham side. Ray Jones scored his first goal for the R's first team on 70 minutes - with perhaps, a slightly fortunate stab which somehow found it's way into the net. The first half was the definite highlight, with Nick Ward shining in the Rangers midfield. Ward was denied a goal that his performance deserved by a great save from Homoet in the Gills goal. The second half continued to stop and start due to wholesale substitutions from both sides, but a good victory and a clean sheet all the same.

Performances of note came from Nick Ward, Kevin Gallen and my man of the match, Damion Stewart in the Rangers defence.

QPR: P Jones, Bignot (Bailey 44), Howell (Rose 46), Stewart, Shittu (Kanyuka 46), Ainsworth, Rowlands (Baidoo 72), Ward (Donnelly 46), Cook (Tchakounte 46), Nygaard (R Jones 46), Gallen.

Gang: Lofty, DJ and PK.


©LOFTY

5 Comments:

  • At 7:39 pm, Blogger Roy Cavanagh said…

    I haven't been able to attend any of the pre-seasons due to work commitments, so thanks Lofty for some excellent match reports. Could be an interesting season ahead if Waddock can get the R's playing 'proper' football again with the ball on the floor.

     
  • At 8:56 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks Roy and welcome to LH! It's really good to hear some feedback!

    I am hopeful, but also realistic about the season. I think Waddock has made some good signings who all look like they are settling in well. He is really looking to make it 'HIS' side, which I must admit, is extremely refreshing!

    Come on you R'sssssssss!!!

     
  • At 12:02 am, Blogger GR8QPR said…

    Hello mate!

    So with Shittu playing a part, it's obviously thrown a bit of confusion into whether he still has a future at the R's.
    If he does, and let's hope so, would he and Stewart form a good partnership? And how was Kanyuka, Baidoo and Donelly against Gillingham?

    I hope that with (fingers crossed here) quality performances from Ward, Donnelly, Rowly, Cook, Bailey, Ainsworth and Oliseh (and probably Gallen), whatever combination he chooses, it might just help whoever's playing up front.
    Think last season we didnt have any form players in midfield and therefore, supply to the forwards was restricted.
    Do you think that by strengthening the midfield, we might just be able to create more chances week in week out?
    Having seen the Boro game, we looked more attacking minded.
    Could Ray Jones be our unlikely hero? and will Baidoo come good this season after a 1st year of experience last season?
    Also would you consider the Gills line up to be first teamers for them?
    Chat ya soon!
    Gobi
    PS I warned you I had loads of questions!!

     
  • At 12:05 am, Blogger GR8QPR said…

    Incidentally, with regards to your heading, and the R's performances, I feel a bit more optimistic than I did end of last season. A Ray of Hope in fact!!!

     
  • At 1:21 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Hiya Gobi...

    You weren't joking were you ;P

    I will do my best to answer your questions...

    Hello mate!

    So with Shittu playing a part, it's obviously thrown a bit of confusion into whether he still has a future at the R's.
    If he does, and let's hope so, would he and Stewart form a good partnership? And how was Kanyuka, Baidoo and Donelly against Gillingham?

    I think Shittu and Stewart would be an awesome combination!! Donnelly, Kanyuka and Baidoo only played a half, but did well. Baidoo maybe should have scored one, but there you go, a win is a win... he can get all his misses out of the way now!

    I hope that with (fingers crossed here) quality performances from Ward, Donnelly, Rowly, Cook, Bailey, Ainsworth and Oliseh (and probably Gallen), whatever combination he chooses, it might just help whoever's playing up front.
    Think last season we didnt have any form players in midfield and therefore, supply to the forwards was restricted.
    Do you think that by strengthening the midfield, we might just be able to create more chances week in week out?

    Yes I do, and I think Nick Ward could well be the difference this season! Watch this space...


    Having seen the Boro game, we looked more attacking minded.
    Could Ray Jones be our unlikely hero? and will Baidoo come good this season after a 1st year of experience last season?

    hmmmm, tricky one, but there is no doubt that Baidoo and Jones together have looked dangerous! As for Baidoo personally, he has got the deal he or his agent wanted, so hopefully we will now see some results!!


    Also would you consider the Gills line up to be first teamers for them?

    I would say yes it was, and I also think there were a few new faces for them too!

    See you at Burnley mate!!

     

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