QPR in Cup Run Shock...
QPR 4-0 Carlisle
Goals from Damion Stewart and a stunning hat-trick from Emmanuel Ledesma, saw Rangers storm into Round 3 of the Carling Cup and I think, that this now definately, can be considered as a Cup Run...
With Corp still on his sick bed (get well soon mate) and PK deciding against rushing around after a hard day's graft, it was just myself, California Hoop and Mrs California Hoop in attendance tonight and boy, I bet PK had wished he had made the extra effort now!!
Rangers played some good stuff and created many chances against their high flying opponents in the first half, but both teams went in level at the break. Onto the second half and cue Emmanuel Ledesma...
The Argentinian midfielders corner was headed home by Damion Stewart on 48 minutes to give the R's a deserved lead. Ledesma doubled the lead on 56 minutes after turning his marker before firing a left-foot rocket into the corner.
From there on, it was the Emmanuel Ledesma show and on 63 minutes, Parejo's lay off found the hitman in space and he lashed it past despairing keeper Williams to make it 3-0. Ledesma completed the rout on 85 minutes after he cleverly chipped Williams following great work from Balanta, to complete a superb hat-trick.
QPR: Cerny, Delaney (Gorkss 67), Stewart, Mahon (Bolder 67), Parejo, Rowlands, Ramage, Connolly, Cook Ledesma, Di Carmine (Balanta 67). Subs: Camp, Alberti, Ephraim, Ainsworth.
Lofty's Man of the Match - Emmanuel Ledesma, if you hadn't guessed already ;o)
There is not a lot more I can add this evening after witnessing a great second half's worth of football and one of the best hat-tricks I have seen at Loftus Road. It's four wins out of five for Iain Dowie and QPR now and a place in the 3rd Round of the Carling Cup - Happy Days!!!