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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Yellow Fever...

Norwich 1-0 QPR

So, Rangers last game of 2006 ended in what let's face it, has been an all too familiar situation over the last 12 months - in defeat. More worryingly, was the performance of which the fight and passion shown at Birmingham on Boxing Day was sadly lacking.

A slightly better gang turn out of three made the trip for what is personally, one of my favourite awaydays of the season. Which is suprising really as Rangers rarely seem to get a good result here. Everyone from the stewards to the catering staff are always so very friendly and with a Delia Smith connection, the food is always good. So much so that Norwich won the Lofty Heights 'Best Pie of the Season' last year. However, only PK was brave enough to try the Mince and Mushy Pea effort this time around.

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So with the niceties over, it was time for the game and Rangers looked good for the first 15 minutes and Furlong had a great chance saved. But it then was a case of who wanted it more and I am sad to say, it was Norwich... and when Dublin got his customary goal against Rangers on 69 minutes, it was game over.

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QPR: Royce, Bignot, Milanese, Gallen (Blackstock 77), Rowlands (Ward 40), Lomas, Cook, Stewart, Furlong, Jones, Mancienne. Subs: Cole, Baidoo, Kanyuka.

Lofty's Man of the Match - Steve Lomas - an example to the rest!

Okay, well the report might seem a bit short after this one, but there really isn't much more I can say about a performance that lacked so much of anything. Ray Jones gave a couldn't be bothered type performance and quite frankly, if he does want away the please, just go. This sort of performance was unacceptable! More frustrating was the fact that a fellow striker that will work until he drops, Dexter Blackstock, was on the bench. It is amazing really that the teams below us results are just as bad, but this surely can't keep going on and if I am honest, I am getting very worried now!

And if things couldn't get any worse, the heavens opened so we got back to the car absolutely drenched! At this point I would like to credit PK for his driving in some horrendous conditions and for getting us home safe and sound. For this we can overlook not being able to slice any time at all off the Sat Navs arrival times and getting to Norwich later than planned ;)

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!! Let's hope Rangers make it a better year for us all - at least we are still unbeaten in 2007.



  • At 1:29 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Another great report Lofty, sorry it did not turn out better for the Rs today. 2006 was a tough year but I'm optimistic that 2007 will be much better. We just need to get a couple of wins in the next few games and survive the season, then I think JG will have time to turn things around for next year.

    Have a great New Year!

  • At 10:59 am, Blogger Rodneeee said…

    Happy New Year Lofty !
    I really thought we looked the better team and more likely to score until Rowlands went off,
    for me that was the turning the point, after that we just seemed to let Nowich boss the game from then on but I thought the back four played well and Lomas's performance and grit in midfield is worth a mention, The rest of them were poor in particular Gallen & Jones were complete pants ! On recent form I am very aprehensive about Mondays fixture against Colchester Utd and messrs Cureton & Mcleod with something to prove. Anyway onwards & upwards and heres to better fortunes in 2007, Happy New year to Lofty and all Lofty Height readers.
    Come on you Rs !
    Ps:- Agree about the Nowich catering, got served very quickly at halftime yesterday most impressed, whilst against Barnsley at Home last week it took me 25 mins to get a boveril from our upper loft catering at half time !!!!

  • At 12:23 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks Bobo and Rodneeeee and Happy New Year to you too!

    I am usually optimistic but I have to be honest and say that I think we are in serious trouble here. Glancing at the upcoming fixtures I cannot see an awful lot of points being gained here.

    As always, I hope to be proved wrong!

    Come on you R'sssssssss!!!

  • At 3:42 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Lofty! I am really enjoying reading your reports on the R's, as I do not manage to get to many games. You cut the hype and add wonderful asides such as information about pies, etc. Well done for all you do for all your readers and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    Regards, Richard from the south coast!

  • At 5:13 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great report Lofty, I read BBC, Rivals and the R's home page, and they ran the list, (Norwich deserved to win, Rangers were unlucky, and in between, you guess who said what), so I read your report with interest.
    My concern, and you also touched on it, is that a few weeks ago, the defence was leaking like a sieve, but we were scoring at will. Now it is one goal against at the most, MOM is often a full back, and nobody can score a goal.I read we are going to get another full back, but what about a goal scorer?

    Thanks again for your fine reports, and a Happy New Year to all your readers, family, and any team players who REALLY want to play for us.

    Brian in Reno

  • At 9:42 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Richard - and to you and thanks for coming to say hi, much appeciated!

    You would have loved it last season, there was a VERY in depth pie rating from around the grounds. Sadly, mine and the gangs wastelines prevented us carrying on with that this season ;)

    Brian - thanks again mate, your support is much appreciated. My inside contacts can reveal 2 new defenders coming in (done deals) but I had better stay tight lipped for now...

    I am also hopeful of a striker to compliment the outstanding Dexter Blackstock!



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