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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Rangers Caught Cole - d...

QPR 2-4 Burnley

Andy Cole showed that there is no substitute for quality with a hat trick, as Burnley came from two down to clinch the points and perhaps bring us all back down to earth a bit in what was, a very strange evening at Loftus Road.


Even after the journey back and now, sitting here writing these notes, I am still completely confused of just what happened and just how Rangers managed to lose this one. On 30 minutes, the R's were 2-0 up, playing superbly and simply cruising. Gavin Mahon finished off a quality move on 14 minutes to give the R's the lead - Agyemang back heeled the ball into the path of Buzsaky, who crossed for Mahon to head home. Agyemang doubled the lead on 30 minutes, taking the ball round the keeper to cooly finish, following superb work from Delaney.


The events in the 10 minutes that followed, ultimately changed the game, namely, Martin Rowlands leaving the field injured. Minutes later, Andy Cole was the subject of a bit of banter from the home crowd, which looked as though it was starting to wind him up - the next minute, although looking suspiciously offside, the former England striker had turned in Gudjonnson's free kick into the back of the net to reduce the deficit.

Although Rangers had started the second half reasonably well, Burnley were level on 55 minutes through Cole again, who fired home Akinbiyi's cross from close range. The game then went from end to end and it looked like the next goal would surely win the game for either side. Sadly, it went to Burnley as Akinbiyi scored his customary goal against us with a free header.

Rangers now had no answers and the game was made safe on 86 minutes as Cole completed a fine hat-trick, beating Camp at the near post.

QPR: Camp, Delaney, Mahon, Stewart, Buzsaky, Rowlands (Leigertwood 39), Connolly (Mancienne 90), Agyemang, Ephraim (Blackstock 69), Vine, Rehman. Subs: Pickens, Lee.

Lofty's Man of the Match - Not often this goes to a player from the opposition, but as mentioned previously, there is no substutute for quality - Andy Cole

In summary, I think this was basically a massive reality check for us all tonight and that definitely isn't a bad thing by any means. At 2-0, we were cruising, and perhaps, even largeing it up a bit... and why not indeed? But overall, Andy Cole was ultimately the difference between the sides in one of the weirdest games I have seen in a long while. His movement off the ball and finishing were a joy to watch and it was nice to see him get a standing ovation from both sets of fans, following his 'job done' substitution on 89 minutes.


  • At 12:09 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yeah well stuffed, back down to earth with curiosity killed the cat!!

    we dont need to do things too quickly and get the hopes of supporters who knew premier football, we got done by a quality side who were better than with season may be better...well we hope...

    regards SirStanleyBowles

  • At 12:24 am, Blogger LOFTY said…

    sadly, I remember that song ;o)

    As I said, I think dont think a reality check at the moment is a bad thing?

    Thanks for your comment :o)

  • At 12:24 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    this site sucks

  • At 12:31 am, Blogger LOFTY said…

    why thanks :o) It's so good to receive some detailed and constructive critisism! You are of course, entitled to your opinion. However...

    Perhaps you could have backed up your 'thinking your clever' comment by having the balls to have left your name - so at least I would have the chance to discuss with you, why you think so?

    But I guess with a comment like that, your not wanting too. Your probably all chuffed with yourself at the mo, so please, carry on. You dont like it, but you obviously read it ;o) good enough for me!

  • At 8:39 am, Blogger jk said…

    ouch ! that stings . i was full of confidence for last night and after the first 2 goals felt very smug .
    the Andy Cole jibes were a bit disrespectful but I think done in good humour , then came back to haunt us .
    We certainly missed Martin Rowlands when he went off , and there are lessons to be learned about keeping the ball .
    thanks for the report Lofty and respect for making Andy Cole man of the match , though Dave was a very close second for me .


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