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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Ram Raid...

QPR 1-2 Derby

There has definitely been a more positive outlook around just lately since John Gregory has taken over. But sadly, the unbeaten run since his arrival came to an end tonight as with, what I seem to have written lots about this season - more bad defending proving costly.

In fairness, Derby have a great away record and you can see why. As Corporate pointed out, they play with an attacking 4-3-3 formation which is very rare for an away side in this day and age. Overall, Rangers struggled to get to grips with it and Derby were worthy winners in the end. But it could have been so different as Rangers dominated the majority of the first half.

We also have hit on a trend and conceded yet another early goal - as Bisgaard curled the ball home on 3 minutes, after taking advantage of some poor marking. But Rangers hit back just 3 minutes later as Jimmy Smith smashed a wonder goal into the net from 20 yards.

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Rangers then dominated and had chances to take the lead, but were caught napping at the back again as Howard made it 2-1 from close range, despite heroics from Paul Jones. You could really tell that the goal knocked the stuffing out of Rangers and I think it's fair to say that Derby controlled the game from then on.

It was then down to Paul Jones to steal the limelight with what was an outstanding performance! Jones was simply brilliant and produced world class save after workd class save to keep Derby at bay. In fact, if it wasn't for the Welsh International, it could have been an embarrasing scoreline!

QPR: P Jones, Lomas (Donnelly 81), Stewart, Rehman, Bignot, Rowlands, Bircham, Smith, Cook, Blackstock, R Jones (Gallen 73). Subs: Royce,Ward, Mancienne.

Lofty's Man of the Match - need you ask? Paul Jones

To sum up, you couldn't fault the effort from Rangers tonight, it was just one of those nights! Derby were well orgainised and also defended very well as Rangers threw everything at them in the 2nd half. But it is essential that Gregory must go to work on the defence as we just can't continue gifting the opposition goals like this!



  • At 1:41 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Now I feel bad, I was hoping for Royce to get the start before the match and then Mr. Jones goes out and plays so well. Great job Paul!!

    Smith has been playing really well, I hope Chelsea is not in too much of a hurry to get him back.

  • At 7:05 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good report Lofty.

    Judging by the reports i have seen we did not play well, and were lucky to have not lost by more goals.

    Hopefully it is a temporary setback. The main problem i found is the full back area which should be sorted once the chelsea defender settles in.


  • At 10:11 am, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks Bobo - yep, Jonesy was in great form last night and it really would have been embarrasing if not for him!

    As for Smith, I agree, although they may want him back to play in goal ;P

  • At 10:13 am, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks PS - sorry, DJ ;)

    As you say, it's the defence that is letting us down but to be fair, it is forever being re shuffled.

    We look a more solid unit when Kanyuka plays alongside Stewart instead of Rehman - who had the worst game I have seen him play yet last night. Bignot is doing a great job at LB so let's hope to see Mancienne settle in and let's stop giving away silly goals!


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