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Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!!

QPR 1-0 Colchester

All I can say after this great result is - 'its a funny old game' as Rangers entered the new year in style with a great win over high flying Colchester United.

I don't think even the most optimistic of Rangers fans, especially those who were present at Carrow Road two days ago, could have predicted this outcome. There was also little enthusiasm from a subdued, hungover/ill/tired gang at the pub before the game.

Not only did Rangers win, but it was a decent performance too and we were a mere shadow of the side that practically laid down and died against Norwich and the final scoreline perhaps flattered the visitors in the end. The goal came courtesy of contract rebel, Ray Jones on 36 minutes - a towering header from the outstanding Lee Cook's cross. Rangers went on too create some more great chances as Ward hit the post and Blackstock, Gallen, Jones and Furlong all went close.

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Colchester did at times look a decent side and played some good football along the way. But all in all, they were second best to a much improved Rangers side. With not adding to the one goal, it became a very nervy finish but Rangers held on for an important and much needed, three points.

QPR: Royce, Bignot, Ward (Baidoo 59), Gallen, Lomas, Cook, Kanyuka, Stewart, Jones (Furlong 76), Blackstock, Mancienne. Subs: Cole, Rehman, Bailey.

Lofty's Man of the Match - well, so many contenders today. PK opted for the excellent Blackstock. The back four were all outstanding with Mancienne again standing out. But for me, it was Lee Cook who was a constant threat all afternoon and the U's defence never did quite come to terms with him.

I can't say enough just what a great three points this was, especially when you consider how well Colchester are doing. But we also were up against a referee that gave us absolutely nothing and who also deems that two footed tackles are acceptable!

To sum up today, we couldn't have asked for a better start to 2007 so long may it continue!




  • At 9:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yes indeed Lofty there is a Santa Claus, how we needed those points especially after the other results in the lower end of the division. I note that Kanyuka played the whole game, is he as good as it seems in your opinion? I also heard about the two new import that are expected to sign tomorrow, one from Scandinavia(?). Glad to hear the team played better this game, perhaps they read the comments after Saturday's game!
    I forgot to offer my regrets that you were not able to enjoy your regular pie at Norwich!
    Thanks as alway's for your insightful report.

    Brian in Reno

  • At 9:50 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Hahahaha, no worries Brian and thanks once again for taking the time to comment!

    Kanyuka played at right back and did VERY well. He does indeed look a class act but sadly, has been prone to the odd injury or two :(

    Sadly, so does Martin Rowlands who I am hearing is out for two months :(

  • At 7:15 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Lofty

    I have to say this was a fantastic result for us yesterday especially as the way the other results went it was definatly needed.

    I thought the standout performance for me was Kanyuka he did not put a foot wrong yesterday even though he wasnt played in his natural position. Blackstock was outstanding and deserved a goal for his performance.

    Overall the whole team played well and after the goal Jones started to show why he is being looked at by other teams, although before tht he seemed to be carrying on from where he left of at Norwich.


  • At 7:29 am, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks DJ and yes, it was deinitely needed. We just can't keep relying on the results of others and yesterday proved that.

    I also agree that Kanyuka had a great game, let's hope he can stay injury free and get a chance to get a good run in the side :)

  • At 9:29 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How sweet its is to be a rangers fan great report I must agree with your call we did look good and the player’s look as if they had something to prove?

    Let’s hope that we can have a push on this year.


  • At 9:42 am, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks Corp... but believe you me, it wasn't so sweet after Norwich!!

    Anyway, let's try not to look back, but forward...

    Unbeaten and a 100% record in 2007 ;)

    Come on You R'sssssssss!!

  • At 12:32 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great stuff as always Lofty. I would have popped another bottle of champagne if an Rs win had been coupled with a Leeds loss, but it was a good day anyway.


  • At 6:45 pm, Blogger Rodneeee said…

    Hi Lofty, yes a much better all round performance, that second half performance at Norwich has now been erased from my brains memmory banks, what a diference a win makes huh !, really thought Colchester would turn us over. But we find ourselves unbeaten in 2007 with no goals conceded and we have now won the last two games at home ,dare we hope that is this some light at last from the end of the long dark tunnel ?
    Onward & Upward, heres to 2007 it cant be any worse than 2006,.. or can it ?

  • At 8:00 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks Bobo - that's the thing, we can't rely on what the others are doing but as you say, it was a good day!

    Thank you Rodneeee, let's not even think about last year, as you say, onwards and hopefully upwards ;)


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