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Sunday, October 15, 2006


QPR 3-3 Norwich

After an International break and two dismal performances from the England team, it was so refreshing to get back to league action - and what a match to come back too!

This always had the makings of a good match, with Rangers coming of the back of two wins and Norwich, wanting to impress their new boss, Peter Grant who was watching from the stands. It was end to end stuff all the way and probably one of the best games of football we will see this season. The best way to report this one and probably the easiest seeing as I am writing this on Sunday morning after a great night out and more than several beers - is to simply just go through the goals:

4 mins - some neat passing saw Darren Huckerby clean through and cooly slotting home.

24 mins - Lee Cook found Jimmy Smith on the edge of the box who finished superbly.

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45 mins - Blackstock was fouled on the edge of the box and Martin Rowlands fired home an unstoppable drive from the resulting free kick. Okay, I went to get the half time refreshments and missed this one and have just had to catch it on the 'Championship' - Ooops!!

72 mins - the scores are level as Dion Dublin finishes of a fine footballing move to score another customary goal against us.

84 mins - Huckerby capitalised on Rehman's mistake and was bundled over in the box by the Rangers centre back. Earnshaw stepped up to slot home his customary goal against us from the penalty spot.

90 mins - Rowlands fire home from a narrow angle to give Rangers a share of the points.

QPR: P Jones, Bignot, Rehman, Stewart, Lomas (Rose 90), Cook, Bircham, Smith, Rowlands, Blackstock, R Jones (Gallen 76). Subs: Royce, Ward, Bailey.

A draw was a fair result really as both sides contributed to a great game of football. Some of Rangers defending was disappointing yet again, despite being another re shuffled back four. But at times we were playing some superb football and you just could not fault the midfield four of Cook, Smith, Rowlands and Bircham, who were all outstanding. It was also so pleasing to see the character in the team, who twice came back from behind.

Lofty's Man of the Match - this could have been the whole Rangers midfield, but his two goals clinched it - Martin Rowlands



  • At 7:55 pm, Blogger Rodneeee said…

    Hi Lofty,
    Came out the ground after the game and found myslef walking up the road with a handful of Nowrich fans on the way back to their coaches,chatting to them as we walked up the road together we all agreed that we had all got our moneys worth of entertainment for the afternoon. Good game of football and a good advert for the game of footy that we all love but boy, do I still hate that Robert Ernshaw !
    All the Best

  • At 8:06 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Cheers Rodneeee

    As you said, it was what football is all about, and being able to chat freely to opposing fans is also refreshing in this day and age...

    And yep, I still hate Earnshaw too ;)

  • At 7:19 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great report Lofty

    How you can do that on Sunday after Saturday night “hat’s off mate”
    I think we are starting to play as a team and midfield looks good with more player’s fighting for there position.
    Our only thing we do seem to get cut open by players running at us with the ball at feet you could see when Huckby had the ball that running at fallbacks cause all sorts of problems. And with the 2 young forwards playing well making chances.
    Things are looking better.


  • At 9:34 am, Blogger LOFTY said…

    cheers Corp, and to be truthful, it wasn't the easiest report I have ever written!! I also have some rivals work to do tonight, but I am in a lot better frame of mind believe me ;)

    I think you hit the nail on the head by saying "we are playing as a team" - that is SO important and makes all the difference.

    See you tomorrow!

  • At 12:57 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Saturday was a match we definitely would have lost a couple of weeks ago and now the players are coming back and fighting for every point. I love the spirit that JG has brought back to LR.

    One thing though, don't you think it would have been a good game to give Royce a start? Jones has been playing a lot and Royce has been looking good for the reserves.

    Great report as always!


  • At 2:31 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks Bobo... not one of my better ones but not bad with a monster hangover!

    As for the game, well the spirit JG has brought in speaks volumes and long may this continue.

    As for Royce, well I agree and I would have played him. But apparantly, JG confirmed to PJ after his nightmare game for Wales that he would be playing against Norwich. If you think about it, it makes great sense as Jones's confidence would have been massacred had he been dropped from his Country then his Club too!!

    Well done JG!


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