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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The Great Escape...

QPR 1-0 Prestom

The Great Escape theme tune was ringing around Loftus Road tonight as Dexter Blackstock's stunning goal gave Rangers a well deserved and crucial victory against promotion chasing Preston.

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After Saturday's performance, the gang were again, reasonably upbeat. So much so, that another raid on the bookmakers was on the cards and at the end of the game, the three points must have also help ease the pain on Al Murray/Corporate's frequently whacked, new tattoo.

After just 60 seconds, it looked as though it was going to be our night as England International, David Nugent somehow managed to poke the ball wide from just yards out. From there on in, it was all Rangers and how we were not ahead by half time was anyone's guess? Chances fell to Ainsworth, Blackstock and Nygaard and at times, it seemed as though Rangers wanted to walk the ball into the net.

Onto the second half, and on 51 minutes, Loftus Road was jumping as Nygaard found Blackstock who cushioned the ball with his first touch, then rifled the ball home from 25 yards with his second - a stunning goal!

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Rangers then fought for their lives as Preston came back into the game and the tension was becoming quite unbearable as the clock seemed to take an age to count down. Towards the end, Preston had four strikers on the pitch but Rangers held firm and should have made the points safe in injury time as Blackstock was denied by a great save from Loneghan. But after 5 agonising minutes, the ref finally got something right and blew the final whistle.

QPR: Camp, Bignot, Cullip, Bolder, Ainsworth, Lomas, Cook (Ricketts 46) (Smith 82), Stewart, Nygaard, Blackstock, Mancienne (Kanyuka 46). Subs: Cole, Furlong.

Lofty's Man of the Match - and back to his best - Gareth Ainsworth

It certainly felt good to be an R's fan this evening. This was Rangers game in hand and there is no doubt just how crucial this win is as it gives us a 4 point cushion on the bottom three. Our superiour goal difference on the teams below us could also be said to be an extra point. But although this wasn't the best footballing performance, the spirit, fight and passion shown by every R's player on the pitch saw us through tonight... and more of the same may well keep us in the Championship.

A correct match prediction from myself meant that the gang were again successful at the bookies, and it has been decided that the winnings will roll on to Saturday's game at Coventry.

To end a fantastic night, a Special mention must go to Leeds based R's fans Vickie, Joe and Paul. I haven't known them that long and this is probably the norm for them, but travelling down from Yorkshire for a Tuesday night game is impressive support indeed! Vickie, this pic is for you!

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  • At 12:01 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hopefully we can keep these results going

  • At 12:34 am, Blogger bobo said…

    Awesome Lofty... sounds like LR was rocking tonight! Fanstastic effort by the players, the fans, everybody down the line. Great night for QPR under the lights.

    You Rrrrsss!!!

  • At 6:19 am, Blogger LOFTY said…

    thanks bobo and yes, it was awesome!

    Anon - um... well yeah!! ;-)

  • At 6:52 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My arm is killing me but the pain is well worth it and I will take the pain if it means we stay up. A special thanks to Vickie for that last whack just before kick off. lol
    Great report mate and in the money!
    Let’s hope we can go on a run now to finish of the season, 3 big away days to come?

  • At 8:34 am, Anonymous SB said…

    Fantastic night.

    The players fought as if their lives depended on it - a shame that the England players could not replicate that desire last week in Barcelona.

    I know when we spoke after the Derby away game I was a little critical of Ainsworth, saying that he wasn't up to last season's high standard, but he was immense last night. A couple of guys from work were in the PNE end and they picked him out as our best player.

    Still buzzing about the result now!

  • At 2:39 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Cheers Al and SB and like you, am still buzzing about the result.

    However, just seen Saturday's ref...

    Uriah Rennie?!? - do they give refunds at the Box Office? ;-)

  • At 7:34 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good write up ;) as always.
    Ainsworth was class as always and Camp hehe (nice pic Lofty i am impressed)
    Oh and as for Al - i wud say i apologise for the 'so called whack' lol but was funny lol soz lol
    *West Yorkshire R* :)

  • At 8:17 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks Vickie, thought you may like the piccie ;-) Hope you didn't get home too late? x

  • At 9:12 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Kn*ckered lol - Got back at 2am lol - then was up for work at 8:00 lol
    But was well worth it

  • At 9:15 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    aaawwww poor you! But as you said, it was well worth it.... and I bet you had some serious Zzzzzzzzzzzzz in the car ;-) x

  • At 9:24 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeah i had some serious Zzzzzzips goin on lmao - ;)


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