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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Wolves Keep Rangers From the Door...

QPR 0-0 Wolves

Rangers found yet another opposing keeper in inspired form and an another under generous referee, as the two sides had to settle for a point each, in what was a reasonably entertaining affair at Loftus Road.

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In fact, it was another case of two points lost as promotion chasing Wolves were definitely there for the taking. There was an upbeat mood around Loftus Road prior to kick off, what with the excellent midweek win over Burnley, along with some very happy Rangers fans who had managed to snap up their tickets for the FA Cup game with Chelsea in the new year.

Depsite a nervous start, the first half belonged to Rangers with Rowlands, Ainsworth and Buzsaky all testing the keeper. Blackstock missed an absolute sitter from close range and five minutes before the break, the R's striker was later adjudged to be climbing on a defender, before heading back to Ainsworth to tap into the empty net.

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Rangers continued to bombard the Wolves goal in the second half, with Blackstock going close and Stewart heading down and unfortunately, over the bar from Buzsaky's corner. But 3 minutes later, the game was about to change as the R's were denied a stone wall penalty, when Nygaard was clearly wrestled to ground with the goal at his mercy and right in front of the referee by Kevin Foley.

The quite unbelievable decision seem to throw Rangers from their stride and Wolves started to come right back into the game. In fact, they missed the best chance of the game to take a lead they would have barely deserved, when Stephen Elliot somehow managed to fire wide from six yards out.

Rangers ended the game much the stronger. Martin Rowlands forced another great save from Hennesy in the Wolves goal, before Gareth Ainsworth was denied the goal his performance deserved in the 85th minute, firing his shot from the right just wide.

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QPR: Camp, Barker, Stewart, Blackstock (Sinclair 83), Buzsaky, Ainsworth, Rowlands, Malcolm, Rehman, Nygaard, Leigertwood. Subs: Cole, Moore, Walton, Balanta.

Lofty's Man of the Match - Gareth Ainsworth - the R's winger has been chomping at the bit for his chance to show the new manager what he can do - and he is certainly taking that chance. The man ran his socks off for the entire game and is one of a rare breed of player that would run through a wall for his team!!

In summary, another half decent performance gave Rangers little reward as other results saw us drop back to the bottom of the table and a bad refereeing decision has yet again cost us dearly. But there were many positives to be taken with allegedy, the worst back four in R's history keeping another clean sheet. There were inspiring performances from Martin Rowlands and man of the match, Gareth Ainsworth. And finally, going back to the defence, credit much be given to a solid performance by the much criticised(by myself too, I admit), Zesh Rehman, who had his best game in an R's shirt to date.


  • At 5:32 pm, Blogger bobo said…

    I have to put this down in the "point earned" category even though we lost ground in the table. Wolves are a good team and this is the second good effort in a row by the Rs. Hearing that Zesh played well, hey, that is just icing on the cake... Great to hear that GA is playing so hard again, that has got to be inspirational to the rest of the guys.

    Thanks Lofty,


  • At 11:53 am, Anonymous jk said…

    a positive result , perhaps this would have been a match lost a few weeks ago . We held our own against a side much further up the table and looked good for long spells .
    the Rs are moving foward slowly but surely .

    thanks again for the match report , great stuff lofty .


  • At 1:43 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks Lofty

    I have to say a point won we never do well against wolves and we played better 1st half.
    The ref I think was best I have seen at Rangers long time he did let game flow? (Ok he did not give pen but they had shout late on which he all so did not give) How ever that’s 2 better results. We need to Beat Colchester next week and then look at Xmas and get min 4 points other wise it’s going to be a long winter in W12.


  • At 4:12 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    thanks for the comments guys, I think the general feeling is that it was a point earned, and when you think Wolves are in the top six then yes, was a good result, especially as we outplayed them for long periods.

    A 15 a goal season striker could turn these draws into wins. De Canio is getting it right, when you think he has turned 'that' back four into one that keeps clean sheets!

    I hope to be writing about a welcome 3 points next Saturday against Col U, and to make sure we see Xmas in in style.

    Come on you R'sssss!!!

  • At 8:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi ya great report lofty...
    looks to me it was 2pts lost by the way there keeper played but i was not there, great to here ainsworth had a great game back to his best. 2 clean sheets one away one v a top six club things are looking better. agree about the col utd game big,big game.of which i will again miss. feel like a bit of a part time fan number of games ihave missed pk

  • At 9:02 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    cheers PK,

    your gonna miss Col U as well? I have your Chelsea ticket here remember... how much will that fetch on ebay I wonder ;-)


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