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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Gregory Chews The Tigers...


QPR 2-0 Hull

For the second week running, the report is delayed until Sunday morning. Last week, Rangers literally drove us to go out and have a drink. But this week, it was a celebratory drink combined with a trip to Uxbridge to see Dog Chewed The Handle - in which along with frontman Gareth Ainsworth - Lee Cook, Marcus Bignot and Scott Donnelly were out to celebrate and also show us their moves on the dancefloor - enough said about that one!

The day started a bit more upbeat than of late, along with the hope that the 'new Manager syndrome' would guide us to 3 desperately needed points.

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In fact, with all due respect, Hull were probably the best opponents for John Gregory's opening game. The return of Martin Rowlands was also a huge boost. But the first half sadly had the look of two teams at the bottom of the table. Rangers had the edge, but were finding it hard to come to terms with Hull's physical approach.

Rangers stepped up a gear in the second half and finally broke the deadlock on 60 minutes through Ray Jones - heading home Blackstock's knockdown from close range and you could just feel the relief around the stadium. Ten minutes later, and the game was safe - Blackstock heading home Cook's cross - a fine goal which even had John Gregory dancing along the touchline.

QPR: P Jones,Bignot, Rehman, Stewart, Rose (Kanyuka 46), Rowlands, Bailey (Lomas 64), Bircham (Ward 64), Cook, R Jones, Blackstock. Subs: Royce, Baidoo.

Lofty's Man of the Match - Martin Rowlands

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So, a decent second half performance gave Rangers the win they deserved and a fantastic start to the Gregory era. The return of Rowlands was a huge plus, but it was great to see the heart and passion return and to see how much scoring the goals meant to Jones and Blackstock.

©LOFTY

7 Comments:

  • At 6:01 pm, Blogger Rodneeee said…

    Yes Lofty, 3 crucial points , highlight for me was John Gregory's run down the touchline when the second goal went in.
    Can we get a point at St Mary's next Saturday ? not sure about that but I am certainly now a bit more confident about the games that follow the Southampton game
    Onwards and upwards.
    Come on you R's
    Rodneeee

     
  • At 7:33 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    thanks Rodneeee,

    Yeah I saw Gregory's celebration on the Championship this morning - top drawer!

    No doubt Southampton will be tough, and a point will be a VERY good result. But hey, why not eh? Whatever happens, as long as Rangers show the heart they did yesterday instead of the gutless drivel previously, you won't get many complaints from me!

    Come on You R'ssssssssss

     
  • At 6:52 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Rangers were much better in the 2nd half they need some more confidence and who knows good report mate I also think Rowland’s MOM.

    Corp

     
  • At 7:46 am, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks Corp.

    To be truthful, there were a few MOM contenders this week - Lee Cook was outstanding again and gave Danny Mills the runaround, and I think Bignot had a great second half despite being shifted to left back. But, it was great to see Rowly back and in such great form - we have missed him!

     
  • At 5:09 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey mate,

    Good result - was well pleased on Saturday?

    What are Dog Chewed The Handle like? Any good?

    BWOOD

     
  • At 5:14 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    They are excellent mate. Have seen them a good few times now and they just keep getting better!

    If you are going to the Norwich home game, they are playing at Tommy Flynns in Hammersmith that night.. come on down, will be a giggle :)

     
  • At 6:51 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hiya lofty

    the most pleasing thing about saturdays performance was the players looked up for the fight ahead of them at long last. the defence looked more solid than it has done for a while with both centre backs in particular having good games, and despite beng moved about in the second half they went about their jobs with no problems.

    It was also good to see Bignot get a run out and he did not dissapoint. His attitude since being put on the list has been totally professional and hopefully he will earn himself a new deal.

    Well it's so far so good under JG so bring on southampton and we can see how far we really do need to go.

    DJ

     

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