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Monday, April 09, 2007

The Final Furlong...

QPR 3-2 Luton

Rangers stepped ever closer to safety as Paul Furlong scored in the final minute to snatch victory for the R's in a topsy turvy game at Loftus Road.

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After Saturday's win at Coventry, everyone was in upbeat mood as Rangers took on a Luton side in terrible form. So much so that it seemed their fans have already given up - if the pitiful away following was anything to go by? So upbeat was California Hoop (who incidentally was sporting a Whoopi Goldberg look for the day), that he was constantly predicting a 6-0 win!

But in a disappointing first half, Luton had the better of the chances before Rangers took the lead - Dexter Blackstock firing home from close range on 41 minutes. However, it came as no suprise when in stoppage time, Luton were level through Coyne who headed home almost unchallenged from Bell's cross.

Onto the second half and disaster struck when on 50 minutes - Nygaard seemed to punch away a cross to give Luton a penalty, from which Bell made no mistake. The atmosphere was now becoming tense as frustration started to creep in. Not helped at all by some diaboical refereeing. I don't think anyone could quite believe how Heikkinen's trip on Furlong didn't result in a penalty? But on 81 minutes, a less clear cut penalty was given - Heikkinen again the offender, bringing down Furlong. Blackstock stepped up to cooly send the keeper the wrong way.

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There was now only going to be one winner as Rangers piled forward and in the very last minute, Lomas crossed for Furlong to head the ball into the bottom right hand corner to cue some of the wildest celebrations so far this season.

QPR: Camp, Bignot, Cullip, Bolder, Ainsworth (Smith 22), Lomas, Moore, Kanyuka (Timoska 61), Stewart, Nygaard (Furlong 63), Blackstock. Subs: Cole, Ricketts.

Lofty's Man of the Match - well, some people may look at the goalscorers and Furlong's match winning performance from the bench. But for me today, it goes to Adam bolder who just never stopped battling for us in the centre of midfield.

To sum up, this was a poor performance in comparison to recent weeks, but our 'never say die' attitude got us through. I have no doubt that many R's fans would have been more than happy with a 4 point return over Easter? But to get all 6 and climb seven points ahead of the safety barrier, is a fantastic achievement!

Last but by no means least, the day and the result has come with a tinge of sadness, with the news that Gareth Ainsworth has suffered a fractured fibula. Gaz went off after 22 minutes and an X Ray has confirmed a spiral fracture of his left leg.

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Gaz has had terrible luck this season with injuries but has continually fought his way back time and time again. His heart, passion and performances since his return have been exceptional, especially in recent weeks and he has played a massive part in the recent turn around that looks like it will now keep us in the Championship.

On behalf of myself and all the gang - GET WELL SOON GAZ and Thanks!

We look forward to seeing you back even stronger next year!!


  • At 8:46 pm, Anonymous JoeQPR said…

    Great result..... There is such spirit in the team at the moment which is fantastic....

    Hope Gareth Ainsworth recovers well hes a legend.....

    U R's

  • At 9:03 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    A fantastic result today. Barring a miracle me are more or less safe now. The fight the players put in today was immense and the squad has come together at the best time for us.

    I would like to thank Gareth for his part in helping the team try to avoid relegation, his performances the past few games have been top notch, amd to wish Gareth all the best in his recovery. All the best Gaz


  • At 9:09 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It was a magnificent atmosphere at the end there, the fans spurred the players on.

    I thought it was quite a poor performance but this team has GUTS and came back and nicked it!!

    Regarding Ainsworth, i sincerely hope hs gets fit and recovers from this injury as he is one of my favourites, a top man, he always gives 110% and is such a Legend.

    You have the FULL 100% support of ALL QPR fans!!

    You WILL Make It Through This Gareth!!

    ... Only One Gareth Ainsworth...

    Nik :-)

  • At 9:24 pm, Anonymous sb said…

    Great win today although Luton more than matched us for large periods of the game.

    However I think we did deserve the 3 points due to our fighting spirit & also the fact that in games earlier in the season we didn't always get what we deserved, so it was good to get the rub of the green this time round.

    A big 'Hats Off' to Furlong, what a class finish for his goal!! He ran his bollox off today, and it was nice to see him get a penalty decision in his favour for a change!

    Finally a big 'Good Work Fella' to Gareth Ainsworth. He's probably gutted right now that his season is over, but he should be justifiably proud of his contribution to our season, especially over the last month. He has been the catalyst for our recent good form, and an inspiration to his team mates with his battling performances. Hope you recover soonest Gaz.


  • At 10:25 pm, Anonymous VickieQPR said…

    Yet another win :D can't stop smiling :) Great pen hehe
    Well done lads!!!

    Gutted about Ainsworth's injury :( I hope he has a speedy recovery - "there's only 1 Gareth Ainsworth..." Rock on \m/

    *West Yorkshire Hoop*

  • At 9:40 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Gutted about Ainsworth's injury,

    It’s the only thing that spoilt a great Easter.
    The Games have not been great but the player’s have not given up fighting and Gaz is one of the reason we have had such a good Easter he runs and play’s with such passion it’s been great to watch him.
    I would like to thank him and wish him all the best for a speedy recovery and am sure all Rangers fans will echo my words.

    Al (aka Corp)

  • At 10:27 am, Blogger marcp_ccfc said…

    Just wanna say i hope Ainsworth recovers fast and its not too serious. Hes a true pro and Cardiff legend!

    Get well soon Gareth!!

  • At 11:48 am, Anonymous Jill said…

    Great report as usual Loft!

    Wishing Ainsworth's a speedy recovery - WE LOVE YOU GAZ!

    "He's a Rock and Rolllllll Star!!"

  • At 1:11 pm, Blogger bobo said…

    Gaz's injury is a big damper on what would have otherwise been a fantastic day. Hope Mr. Rock 'n Roll recovers quickly since he is the heart of QPR.

    You're absolute right Lofty: two points would have been decent, four points exciting, all six points? Just when things were looking dark the Rs went on a roll. In the past month (since 10 March) the Rs are 4-1-2 with only the close loss to WBA. Tremendous!

    Are we sure that we are out of the playoffs? :>)

  • At 1:06 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    On behalf of Dion, Dale, Michele, Jamie and ME! Gaz, we wish you the speediest of recoveries! Will miss you for the last couple of games, but I will miss you even more with DCTH (says the nutty rock n' roll bird!)You're a top bloke! And you deserve nothing but the very best wishes!


  • At 6:09 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Nice one Kel, but have the others also lost the use of their fingers?

    Glad to see you enjoyed the match report ;-)

  • At 6:47 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    great result and in second half showed so much spirit,great stuff. i would just like to say a big thank you to mr 100%,gaz you have more than played your part in keeping this club in the championship this term, enjoy the summer and come back next season fitter and stronger.... PK PS holly(9)ONE OF Gareth newest fans says get well soon

  • At 6:59 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…


    Well done PK, see it's easy :-)

  • At 7:00 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Text message from Trigger/Shaky -

    Get Well Soon Gareth!!

    now, I have made an exception and I have posted this as Trig has no computer and is not a QPR supporter...

  • At 10:35 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    PK & Trig I am selling my pc

    Al M


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