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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Decisions Decisions...

QPR 0-2 Southampton

I deliberately delayed this report until I had seen 'The Championship' on ITV this morning. I was angry yesterday after it seemed we were cheated out of a hard fought point against Southampton... and now I am even more angry!

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Although lacking that final bit of quality , Rangers matched their high flying opponents until the 82nd minute. Then from a corner, Bradley Wright-Phillips challenged Simon Royce who fumbled the ball to Rasiak who stabbed the ball home from close range. Rangers then went straight up the other end and from a long throw, Davis fumbled and Blackstock stabbed the ball home - this time it was disallowed for a foul on the keeper. Blackstock celebrated, the fans celebrated and then stared in disbelief. The fact that Davis clattered into Damion Stewart when going for the ball, not the other way round, made it even more painful.

Wright-Phillips made the game safe in stoppage time for the Saints with a neat finish. But it makes things even more disappointing when you hear the opposition Manager, George Burley say;

"To be honest I thought both goals were fouls. Both keepers were nudged and for me they were both free-kicks so if I was John Gregory, I'd be very disappointed."

QPR: Royce,Rehman, Mancienne, Stewart, Timoska, Baidoo, Lomas, Bircham (Bailey 19), Smith, Jones (Nygaard 73), Blackstock. Subs: Cole, Kanyuka, Furlong.

Lofty's Man of the Match - Mancienne was yet again, a class act. But for a more than solid home debut, the award goes to Sami Timoska.

So yet another home defeat, but we were denied a crucial point by some poor refereeing. Rangers are in trouble without a shadow of a doubt, but it makes things even more frustrating when things like this happens. The day was also topped off nicely by my car breaking down after the game, waiting for the AA and very nearly missing my mate's party.

Moving on and personally, I have mixed views on the FA Cup tie at Luton this coming Tuesday. On one hand, we win and it's a televised clash with Blackburn next Saturday and some needed revenue for the Club. On the other hand, in our present state, do we really need this? I would swap a Cup run with Championship points any day.

Finally, I feel I must just mention that for the second week on the trot, the players just trudging off the field at the end of the game and NOT acknowledging the supporters!

Okay, we understand that you must be disappointed, but hey, so are we!!!



  • At 12:02 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I wonder if the players leaving the field is on order from JG. Sometimes he skips post-game press conferences and maybe this is part of the same idea, just get back and take care of business. A LOT of people have mentioned this and they are alienating some long time fans, so hopefully this won't become a trend.

    I'd really like to see us win against Luton, we could use the money and it gives us a goal other than avoiding the drop.

  • At 12:03 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Man of the Match - what's that coming over the hill? ;-)

  • At 12:10 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Bobo - I just think it's wrong when they don't acknowledge the fans. Okay, there was some booing yesterday, but that was aimed at the ref - 3 burley bouncers shielding him off the pitch was testiment to that.

    Also, I agree in principle about the Cup... BUT, sorry to be negative, but will a 0-4 tonking by Blackburn do anything for the teams already lacking confidence - just a thought.

    Anonymous - like it, that must be a new song for him!!

  • At 1:22 pm, Blogger Rodneeee said…

    Hi Lofty
    Im gutted, I thought the team gave everything yesterday,with the four defenders playing well as a unit they did a fine job and you can see that the hard work by JG on the training pitch is paying dividends.
    However the midfield put the effort it but lacked the quality so our defence has per usual had a very busy afternoon.
    I thought young master Bailey had a great game when he came on and
    Lomas got better has the game wore on, but Shabaz and smith were not quite at the races but then again both were playing on the flanks which is not really their forte.
    I really did not think that southampton would score, the turning point for me though was wright-philips, when he came on they looked more dangerous, the rest is history and the referee is a tosser.
    Anyway the way I see it Lofty if we are going to stay up, we are in desperate need for some quality midfielders,for me this is why it is now going pear shaped for us, we cannot rely on Rowly and Ainsworth who are so injury prone,so we need some additional quality in that part of the pitch to play with cookie if we are to stand any chance of staying up.
    I just hope and pray we get a couple in sooner than later,
    PS; Thought our new signing from Finland looked class ! well done JG, I think you may have found a gem.

  • At 1:38 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks rodneeee

    I must say that I am even more gutted after seeing the TV 'evidence' this morning. Maybe I shouldn't have watched it because good or bad decision, it won't change a thing now :-(

    People have critised the midfield yesterday but they have to bear in mind... that midfield was literally, all we had left to choose from, think about it? Cook, Gaz and Rowly all out. Bailey on for Bircham. Was there anyone else? I am not taking Armel into account as by talking to some of mu people on the inside, the word 'footballer' on his contract is almost a breach of the trades descriptions act.

  • At 8:23 pm, Anonymous SB said…

    Only the second time that I have watched the R's from the confines of the 'posh seats' in the Upper Loft ;->

    The only other time I have moved upstairs was to watch the Hoops beat some team called Chelsea 3-1 in a pre-season friendly. Of course, that was beginning of our season back in the 3rd tier, the last time that we were relegated - and unless some of the players pull their fingers out fast, we could be making a return to that division.

    As others on here have already commented on, the main point of concern for me is that lack of quality cover in our squad. Smith, Baidoo & Rehman (even if they were playing out of position) are no match for Cook, Rowlands/Ainsworth & Bignot. I think our survival rests on being able to put out our strongest XI as much as possible for the remaining games. Also, our record against teams around us.

    As one of our ex-managers once said, "It's Squeeky bum time!"

  • At 10:49 pm, Blogger Rodneeee said…

    MONSTER ( Lyrics )

    Brain fried tonight through misuse
    Through misuse, through misuse
    You can't avoid static abuse
    Abuse, abuse

    Without these pills you're let loose
    You're let loose, you're let loose
    Take off, get out, no excuse
    No excuse, no excuse

    What's that coming over the hill
    It's Timoska ! It's Timoska !
    What's that coming over the hill
    It's Timoska, It's Timoaska !
    What's that coming over the hill

    What's that coming over the hill?

    Confused, mind bruised, it seeps out
    It seeps out, it seeps out
    Face down, home town looks so grey
    Looks so grey, looks so grey

    Convexed you bend, twist and shout
    Twist and shout, twist and shout
    Stand up, brush off, get moving
    Get moving, get moving

    What's that coming over the hill
    It's Timoska It's Timoska !

    Face down, home town, face down, home town
    Face down, home town, it looks so grey

    What's that coming over the hill
    It's Timoska It's Timoska !

  • At 11:37 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks SB - was good to see you yesterday and singing your heart out for the lads! And I think you are dead right about the strongest XI. Once we get these players back hopefully, our fortunes will change. Well it better, we are running out of time. Squeaky bum time indeed...

    Rodneeee - quality mate! As already stated, that just HAS to be his new song. Spurs do it with Chimbonda, Blackburn with Nonda - Timoska!


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