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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Black Cats Cross Rangers Path...

Sunderland 2-1 QPR

Despite a plucky, battling performance, Rangers left the Stadium of Light empty handed as a late winner eased the Sunderland fans nerves and ultimately, gave them the points.

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Well, I really do hope that the Black Cats get promotion to the Premiership. The main reason being that we don't have to make that mammoth journey again for a while! Myself, PK an Al M all got up in what seemed, the middle of the night to make the long trek up to the North East. Myself and PK shared the driving duties... okay, okay - so my contribution may only have been to reverse into the tight space just outside the Stadium! Thanks must go to the Policeman who moved the traffic cone for us to get into it ;-). Seriously, a big thanks and well done to PK - nice one mate!

After a catch up and the usual banter with friends beforehand, it was onto the game and a first half which largely belonged to the home side. It took just 7 minutes before the first goal came as Whitehead got behind Bignot and made no mistake. But as in recent games, Rangers continued to battle and on 22 minutes, we were level. Moore fed the ball through to Blackstock who touched the ball round the keeper, only to be brought down and the ref pointed to the spot. Blackstock was clearly denied a goalscoring opportunity and in any other game, the keeper would have been given his marching orders... BUT, this is Super Sunderland we are talking about and he wasn't even booked!?!

However, it mattered little shortly after as Rowlands sent the keeper the wrong way to level the scores and cue wild celebrations in the away end. Well, with the exception of the two that just couldn't hang on any longer for a visit to the toilet - sorry Vix and Joe ;-). Credit must yet again go to PK who started the chant 'that's why we're staying up!' shortly after.

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Onto the second half and Rangers were more than a match for their high flying opponents. So much so that the near 40,000 crowd were so very quiet and obviously becoming very nervous. But, in the 76th minute and just as it was looking like we would hold out, Sunderland made the breakthrough - Leadbitter drilled home from the edge of the box after a free kick and the home fans suddenly woke up again!

QPR: Camp, Bignot, Cullip (Kanyuka 43), Bolder, Rowlands, Lomas (Idiakez 83), Moore (Furlong 69), Stewart, Timoska, Blackstock, Smith. Subs: Cole, Nygaard.

Lofty's Man of the Match - Damion Stewart

This was always going to be one of our toughest games in the run in and despite a narrow defeat, we were very close to winning a valuable point. The heart and passion was again there for all to see and was reflected in the ovation from the travelling faithful at the end of the game. So why Inigo Idiakez and Jimmy Smith felt the need to trudge of the field without acknowledging the fans is beyond me. Yes, we know you must be gutted, but hey, we have just travelled hundreds of miles to see you and give you tremendous support!!

The long journey home was pretty upbeat with all things considered and we were joined at the Watford gap service station by disappointed Watford fans after their 4-1 Cup Semi Final defeat against Man United. Al did however try to console them by reminding them that they could now concentrate on the league...


  • At 10:41 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great report Lofty!

    Loved the comment about 'Super Sunderland' and the high flying Clubs getting the decisions?

    Listened on world yesterday and the support sounded fantastic! Fair play to all the made the trip!


  • At 11:03 am, Blogger bobo said…

    Great stuff Lofty. Camp has been tremendous for the Rs but I'm hoping the Royce will step up the next couple of games and remind us of how he played last year before he got hurt.


  • At 8:41 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great report Lofty glad you sorted the title!

    Also big thanks to PK for most of driving I know you had to park coz he ok going forward! Lol.
    However I did pick him up and drop him off home so did he do all the driving really?
    Win on Saturday A must ? Don’t want to go to wolves needing the win a.

    Keep up the good work mate.

    Al \m/

  • At 8:22 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks BWOOD and Bobo

    Thanks too Al,

    we cant take credit away from PK for the driving, but we can moan about the lack of a dvd player lol - sorry PK, only joking!

    BUT, the next game we have the lovely Jilly with us so I hope he doesnt bring his 'alternative' dvds ;-)

    How sweet it will be beating Cardiff to be safe!!!

    U R'sssssssssss!!!

  • At 7:57 pm, Anonymous Jill said…


    Worried about the Alternative DVDs!! :s Only kidding - looking forward to the 'Road Trip'

    See you on the 28th!!

  • At 2:25 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    tis okay Jilly hun ;-)

    But you know what the PK stands for don't ya? lol

    But worry not, the journey is too short to warrant the dvd player!

    Looking forward to your company too, I have briefed Al M/Corp to behave himself ;-)

  • At 5:16 pm, Anonymous VickieQPR said…

    i suppose u thought it was funny that i missed the goal eh? lol :( [boo hoo] lol Least u got it on cam for me aye lol was seconds away from seeing it (huff) lol anyway still a good game lol x


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