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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Saints Get a Sunday Roasting...

QPR 4-1 Southampton

QPR stormed into the top six of the Championship with a thumping 4-1 win over Southampton, in front of the Sky Sports Cameras at Loftus Road.


It has been a curse over recent years when the Sky cameras pay us a visit, either at home or away, but that has certainly been well and truly lifted now. But it didn't make it any less stranger than going to watch Rangers on a Sunday afternoon - and in the Premier League 4pm slot too. Some may say that we will get used to it in the future, but I will not get too carried away with that sort of talk just yet. Also, it makes it even less easier sitting down to write this after eating an enormous roast dinner.

With Corp still on his sick bed (get well soon mate!) and the somewhat strange non appearance of California Hoop, Craig joined myself and PK and we had barely sat down before we were up again celebrating after just 38 seconds of the game - the Saints defence failed to clear Gavin Mahon's long throw and Blackstock had time to steady himself and volley home from ten yards out.

If going behind so early was bad enough, the Saints were down to ten men on the half hour as a quite disgusting tackle (I have now seen the replay) by Lancashire on Damien Delaney, saw the Saints debutant given a straight red card. Rangers continued to threaten, but found keeper Kelvin Davis in sensational form, saving brilliantly from Blackstock three times and Damien Delaney.

At one point, it seemed the misses would prove costly for the R's as seven minutes after the break, the 10 men drew level - Lallana burst into the area, collected Simon Gillett's pass and slotted the ball past R's keeper Radek Cerny and into corner of the net. Iain Dowie then rang the changes, reverting to a 4-4-2 formation and nine minutes later, substitute Martin Rowlands' free-kick was nudged home by the offside Damion Stewart ( again, I have seen the replay).


Southampton keeper Davies was almost single handedly keeping the R's at bay with a further string of fine saves, but Rangers made the game safe on 76 minutes - Cook released Patrick Agyemang and after the striker's shot was blocked by Davis, Blackstock cooly fired home the rebound.


There was still time for Blackstock to set up Agyemang, who collected his strike partner's pass and shot past Davis to register his first goal of the season.

QPR: Cerny, Delaney, Stewart, Mahon, Leigertwood, Parejo (Rowlands 59), Blackstock, Ramage, Connolly, Cook, Ephraim (Agyemang 59). Subs: Camp, Gorkss, Balanta.

Lofty's Man of the Match - well, for QPR, Dexter Blackstock. But despite conceding 4 goals, I just can't ignore a fantastic goalkeeping display by Southampton's, Kelvin Davis.


Well, when was the last time we started a season so well? We are in 4th place in the league after 5 games and have a trip to Aston Villa in the Carling Cup to look forward too! Without wanting to sound too negative, the R's didn't play as well as they can do today by any means. But results are what count at the end of the day and you won't hear many complaints about a 4-1 home win... surely??


  • At 8:46 pm, Anonymous chitownrangerlad said…

    Still defence problems red card looked correct Stewart offside by a mile but we moved the ball with vigor and Agingman looked alive Their goalie was brilliant the sunderland castoff. Back four continues unbalanced with Delaney playing from goal line to goal line. Blackstock was in great form but missed a sitter. Ill take it.

  • At 9:15 pm, Blogger Bobo said…

    I'm kind of cringing waiting for the comments Lofty. I'm half expecting another anonymous "big deal, we beat a team that we should have beaten" quote.

    Amazing start to the year and a wonderful win, especially with the specter of the Sky Curse hanging over the team. With such a lopsided score it would have been interesting to get Balanta into the game and see what he could have done.

    Great pics, as always Lofty. Thank you.


  • At 10:53 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    chitown - thank you. Yeah, I hear you, but with the goal, it must also be said that there wasn't much wrong with the two we had chalked off, so yes, I will take that :)

    Bobo, thanks again mate, yeah I'm also waiting for the 'comments'. I hate to sound big headed, but it is actually quite pleasing, that we won 4-1 and didn't play as well as we can do. Happy days!!

  • At 5:59 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It was a good way to spend Sunday afternoon on my back watching a Rangers side we have all been dreaming about for some time Win...
    Lofty you me & Pk have been all over with Rangers and we are now getting some pay back... Ok so I have not seen them yet but I will soon I hope.
    Rangers could have been 5 up at half time if not for there keeper.
    (He was out standing), so things are on the up.
    Also Cookie looking better. Akos due back soon and Rowan still due back we need to ask “what our best 11” with Rowley on bench. Camp? And the Young guns...
    Rangers 4th (Must have been a bad fall I had we are 4th) Think I am dreaming...



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