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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Many Happy Returns...

QPR 1-1 Plymouth

Ian Holloway's long awaited return to Loftus Road ended all square and although the result was disappointing, it was a spirited performance from the R's. Despite recieving a warm welcome from the home fans, 'Ollie' kept his return pretty much low key - arriving in the dugout just seconds before the kick off to avoid the mass ranks of photographers and very rarely venturing into his techincal area throughout the match. However the two rival managers did find time for a 'YMCA' type dance routine...

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Onto the game and the first half was a scrappy affair. But Rangers should have been ahead as soon as the first minute when Blackstock who fired straight at McCormick. The rebound fell to makeshift striker Lee Cook who's shot was tipped away by the keeper. Unable to capitalise on the fast start, Rangers were behind in the 32nd minute when Nalis headed home Ebanks-Blake's flick on.

Rangers battled hard to get back into the game and after an Ainsworth chance was deflected wide and a penalty appeal turned down, we finally had a piece of good fortune on 59 minutes. McCormick fumbled the ball under pressure and Lee Cook fired home at the second attempt to level the scores.

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To be fair, it looked like the keeper was fouled and 9 times out of 10, the decision would go against you. But after recent bad luck, especially at the Southampton game, it was a huge relief when the referee pointed to the centre circle.

There was now only one team in it as Rangers went for the winner. But as the clock ticked down, McCormick denied us again as substitute Paul Furlong's effort cannoned of his legs. Minutes later, Furlong had the ball in the net only to see it ruled out for an offside decision that looked somewhat marginal to say the least.

QPR: Camp,Cullip, Bolder, Ainsworth, Rowlands (Furlong 79), Lomas, Cook, Stewart, Timoska, Blackstock, Mancienne. Subs: Cole, Kanyuka, Jones, Smith.

Lofty's Man of the Match - Adam Bolder

So at the end of the day, it was a disappointing result, but you couldn't knock the R's fighting spirit to get back into the game. Fortunately, other results were kind to us again, but home games are now becoming must win matches if we are to avoid the dreaded drop. Sadly, you have to say that today was a missed opportunity...


  • At 8:08 pm, Anonymous Jill said…

    Hahaha I love that picture!

    Where do you get your photos from?!

  • At 8:13 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Cheers Jilly :-)

    I will send you the link for the photos x

  • At 8:31 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well done lofty

    I like your report fair and to the point should have been 3 but we are qpr and not much goes our way?

    ok the goal but he droped the ball when he fell over both lots of players.


    ps PK he was not pushed he fell over a keeper can missjudge things exkeepers are the worst? lol

  • At 8:49 pm, Anonymous South Coast Ranger said…

    I felt the game was not a good spectacle and neither side looked to have any real degree of incisiveness going forward. Cannot understand why Cookie plays upfront - a very bad tactic methinks. He was far better when he reverted to his more usual role. We badly need a striker to support Blackstock. Unless JG lets people play to their strengths, we are going to have a nail-biting run-in, especially as it is difficult to see us scoring many goals against well organised opposition.

    South Coast Ranger

  • At 9:03 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Corp - thanks...

    and I will take that goal especially after the Southampton game. In fact, I will take any goal at the mo, off the refs back side - anything!!?!!

    SCR - thanks. I also agree, Cook was much more effective out on the left. I am also one who is screaming for a striker, even if its only till the end of the season. Dexter is a great player for us, but playing off someone experienced will improve him no end.

  • At 9:04 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    talking of not much going our way Corp..

    57 mins, Stoke 0-1 Barnsley :(


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