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Sunday, April 01, 2007

What if?

QPR 1-2 West Brom

Despite a fine performance, Rangers were again left empty handed after a stunning goal for Zoltan Gera six minutes from time, gave Albion the victory in an enthralling game at Loftus Road. But certainly not for the first time this season, it was a classic case of 'what if?' for the R's.

Before the game, it was great to welcome back and catch up with 'California Hoop' Alan for the game and after a two week break, the gang were all upbeat and after the success at Leicester... and decided to attack the bookmakers again.

Onto the game and the first half was pretty even with both sides having chances and generally, Rangers were more than holding their own against their high flying opponents. But the second half sprung into life as the Baggies took the lead after 48 minutes - Koumas threaded the ball through to Phillips who turned Stewart to finish well.

The game looked to be slipping away from Rangers as Albion went looking to finish us off. But on the hour, Dexter Blackstock came off the bench and made an immediate impact - With the excellent Paul McShane keeping Cook quiet on the left, Rangers were using the right flank and on 63 minutes, Ainsworth crossed and the substitute headed home, 1-1.

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Rangers then had a golden chance to take the lead as Furlong broke through and was brought down by Clement for a penalty. Furlong took the kick himself and Dean Kiely broke Rangers hearts by diving to his right to save. The game could now have gone either way and on 84 minutes, it was Albion who made the breakthrough. Ellington eventually got the better of Mancienne to cross for Zoltan Gera - who finished with a stunning volley.

QPR: Camp, Bignot, Cullip, Bolder, Ainsworth (Ricketts 82), Cook, Stewart, Idiakez (Lomas 13), Furlong, Nygaard (Blackstock 61), Mancienne. Subs: Cole, Kanyuka.

Lofty's Man of the Match - Gareth Ainsworth

The manner of the Rangers performance, meant that I hadn't felt so choked at the end of a game for a long time. I have no doubt that if Furlong's penalty had gone in, we would have gone on to win the game. Sometimes, it can just be a case of taking your chances and sadly for Rangers, Albion took theirs. However a lot of heart can be taken from the performance and also that yet again, other results meant that we are still out of the bottom three.

As for our result at the bookies this week... well, let's not talk about this one ;-


  • At 1:03 pm, Anonymous joeqpr said…

    Ainsworth was superb yesterday - what a legend........... Gutted bout the result the penalty totally changed the game, Looking forward to tuesday though if QPR play like they did yesterday and preston play like they did on friday a home win should be on the cards

  • At 2:11 pm, Blogger bobo said…

    A win would have made everything too easy... the Rs seem compelled this year to have drama from start to finish ending with every game becoming a "must win." I'm going to have an ulcer by the end of the season.

  • At 4:36 pm, Anonymous SB said…

    When Furlong stepped up to take the pen, I immediately thought back to the Vauxhall Motors game - he missed then in front of the Loft in the penalty shootout, which started a tough time from him. Nice to hear the fans sing his name this time round.

    Gotta win tomorrow to ease a bit of the pressure. Winning breeds winning...

  • At 4:58 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    bobo - the thing is with these 'must win' games is that we NEVER seem tom win them... maybe we should change them too 'have to lose'?...

    SB - absolutely!! As for Furs, well at the time it looked like a good save but on TV, it looked a bad pen.... still, if it had gone in, we would be talking about the win now I am sure. A win tomorrow will def take the pressure off a tiny bit... come on you R'ssssssssss!!


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