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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Baidoo Hands Rangers a Replay...

QPR 2-2 Luton

Yet again, I find myself writing the report on a Sunday morning with a slight hangover as after the game, the gang descended on the Grand Junctions Arms in Southall for as always, an excellent gig from Dog Chewed The Handle. An added bonus, was that we were also in the company of Bad Manners frontman, Buster Bloodvessel who was more than happy to have a chat with everyone - lovely stuff!!

But beforehand, the gang that DID actually turn up to the game (stand in a corner Mr Corp!!) saw a typical FA Cup tie. The game had just about everything - farcical conditions, mistakes, bad refereeing, four goals and also, a touch of controversy thrown in!

Rangers were well on top for about 40 minutes with Smith and Cook peppering the Luton goal. We were then wondering just if it was going to be our day when a stonewall penalty was waved away on 17 minutes - Jimmy Smith up-ended in the box by Robinson. But we eventually broke the deadlock on 36 minutes as Blackstock headed home Cook's superb corner!

Luton then did exactly what they did in the league game, and two quick goals had Rangers trailing. Rowan Vine finished well on 44 minutes and just after the break, a defensive mix up saw Feeney stab the ball home from close range. It was then anyone's game but on 76 minutes, Rangers drew level in controversial style. A corner from Cook caused a massive goal mouth scramble and as the defender on the line went to clear, Shabazz Baidoo threw himself into the mix - the ball struck his hand a flew into the net.

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It was definitely a case of ball to hand and no way deliberate, but you do see these disallowed. But in a game where as mentioned, a clear penalty was waved away, I will take that gratefully and things do indeed even themselves out at times. But things wouldn't quite be the same in a Rangers/Luton game if Mike Newell didn't have anything to whinge about!

QPR: Royce, Bignot, Mancienne, Stewart, Kanyuka, Cook, Smith, Lomas (Bircham 71), Ward (Baidoo 71), Blackstock, Jones (Furlong 63). Subs: Cole, Rehman.

Lofty's Man of the Match - Lee Cook

So, the 4th Round of the Cup is still proving elusive for the R's, but at least we are in the hat this time round. Overall, I think a draw was about fair on the day but I must be honest and say that on a personal note, a replay was the last thing I wanted. Still, let's see what the draw brings and let's wait and see if we get our traditional Saturday off soon...



  • At 12:24 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Lofty

    Not the best of games yesterday but we did keep our unbeaten start to the new year going :-) I think the conidtion of the pitch had a lot to do with the way we struggled to play in the secon half.

    A major factor in us getting back in the game was Bircham and Baidoo coming on. Baidoo done well in the time he played which is more that can be said about Ward. Although to be fair he is a natural Centre Midfielder and is being asked to do a job that doesnt suit his style of play. Bircham was excellant when he came on as he shored up the midfield and allowed us to start playing again. Fair play to JG on the tactics.

    I have to say what a pleasure it was meeting Buster last night. Often when you meet a hero of yours it can end up being a dissapointment but he was fantastic, very approachable and friendly. Also dog chewed the handle were in top form last night and rocked the pub as normal.


  • At 8:35 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks DJ

    I agree with what you have said, Bircham especially, he got us the replay IMO.

    Also, I am so disappointed with Nick Ward. As you say, I don't think it is all his fault, but he just looks so out of his depth and I was disgusted with his performance yesterday (as you may have noticed)

    As for the evening, well what a night that was eh? One of the very best. The Dogs were the B******* as usual, and what a great guy Buster is!!

  • At 10:17 am, Anonymous SB said…

    Sorry to disagree Lofty, but for me it was a blatant handball. Still, never mind, it's only Luton eh!?

    reminds me of the goal that Devon White scored in the Loft vs Everton (Neville Southall et al) - the last day of standing on the loft (before they put the seats in) - and also my first ever QPR home game.


  • At 10:39 am, Blogger LOFTY said…

    everyone is entitled to their opinion SB, I haven't got a problem with that so no need to apologise.

    But I watched it a good few times, it wasn't deliberate nor was it blatant! If he hadn't had stuck his hand up, he would have been kicked full in the face!

    Devon White's however, that WAS blatant! hahahaha


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