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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Right Formula...

QPR 2-2 Leeds

Rangers twice came from behind to earn their first point of the season, in an enthralling game at Loftus Road.

Unchanged from Saturday, Rangers made most of the early running, but Leeds ended the half piling on the pressure, and perhaps just about shaded a goaless first half. You could sense that a Leeds goal was coming and on 65 minutes, they took the lead through Eddie Lewis - forcing home the rebound after Healy's header hit the bar. The Rangers formation then changed to 4-4-2 and when Baidoo was introduced on 76 minutes, the game changed.

It wasn't long before Rangers were level when Martin Rowlands fired home from the spot after Ainsworth was bundled over in the box. But no sooner had we finished celebrating, then Leeds were back in front - Horsefield had all the time in the world to stab home Stone's knock down.

It was then all Rangers as we really started to look dangerous. Ray Jones missed a glorious chance on 89 minutes and we all thought that was it. But in the 90th minute, Ainsworth chased a seemingly lost cause, and turned the ball back to Baidoo to turn the ball home from 2 yards out. Loftus Road erupted, and almost had a winner to celebrate in injury time as the luckless Ray Jones fired wide.

QPR: P Jones, Bignot (Baidoo 76), Rose, Stewart, Milanese, Ainsworth, Lomas, Rowlands (Bircham 89), Cook, Ward, Czerkas (Jones 54). Subs: Cole, Kanyuka.

Gang: Lofty, Corp, PK, DJ and Phil

Man of the Match: Martin Rowlands

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So an amazing end to the game brought Rangers first point of the season. The transformation when Rangers changed to 4-4-2 was incredible - we looked a good side and were so dangerous coming forward. At 4-4-1-1, or 4-5-1... it just didn't seem to work for us and I don't think Adam Czerkas relishes the role of the lone striker. Nor does Nick Ward playing just behind him. We shall see...

It's great to be back!!



  • At 11:33 am, Anonymous SB said…

    I was impressed with Ray Jones, although he did miss two glorious chances I thought he showed quick feet and good thinking to get in position to have a shot.

    Ainsworth's never say die attitude got us the equaliser, it was directly in front of me & I was convinced that Cook's ball was going out of play. Great moment.

    Stewart had a real battle against Horsfield, when a ball came across I kept expecting to see Big Dan head clear! It will take some getting used to but time to move on I suppose......

  • At 7:11 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Cheers SB

    Jones will improve with the games he plays and he looks one hell of a prospect - along with Baidoo of course. The pair look great together! And also now with Blackstock on board!

    Ainsworth, to me last night had a disappointing match in his standards, which is incredible when you think he made both goals too!!

    As for Stewart, well Horsefield is a handful for any defender and a player I would welcome with open arms to Rangers!

    Come on you R'ssssssss!!!

  • At 9:05 pm, Blogger GR8QPR said…

    Hello there!!
    Finally managed to get online Tony!
    Well I still stand by what I said in the text I sent you just before we got the penalty!! lol.
    It was really hard to watch, knowing we'd never score in the 4-5-1 type formation. 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 for me and it showed in the last 10mins what a side we can be. Talk about a transformation - and the fact we could have won the game easily in the last 10mins alone says it all for me.
    I just hope GW realises we should attack teams, and having seen Jones and Baidoo link up superbly, just as they did in Stevenage, he might think twice about using 4-5-1.
    And now we have Blackstock in the squad, we have options up front, so let's use THEM, not ONE!!!!!!!
    Maybe when Stewart has a regular partner which could be Rehman, he could flourish into a quality centre half. Remains to be seen though how much we'll miss Big Dan.
    In the meantime, Bring on the Shrimpers!

  • At 9:09 pm, Blogger GR8QPR said…

    Also, have to say I feel a little sorry for Czerkas, as he's been hauled off in the last couple of games despite his hard work as a lone man up front. Him and Blackstock up front against Southend? I'd drop Lomas probably, purely because, Rowlands is pretty versatile as an attacking midfielder and can defend a little, and Ainsworth's work rate is as good as having a battling midfielder, but with more flair. Which leaves Cook and Ward to do their funky stuff going forward. What do you reckon?

  • At 9:15 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Hiya mate,

    yep, agree 100% and personally, I would start with Czerkas and Blackstock on Saturday and use the young thrusters to come on later!! Czerkas looks quality, and I think we will see that when he has someone up front to support him fully. As for the defence, lets hope Rehmann and Stewart turn out to be a great partnership. We all love Big Dan, but he is no more and it's time to move on...

    COME ON YOU R'sssssss!!!


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