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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Ainsworth's R's Rock Reading...

Reading 0-0 QPR

Gareth Ainsworth celebrated his first game in charge with a hard-fought and much deserved point at Reading in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Well, it was all a bit weird today to be honest what with a late kick off and all. But personally, I am still bemused/upset/angry with the decision to sack Iain Dowie yesterday after just 15 games in charge. Hardly good preperation to take on high flying and free scoring Reading away and league leaders Birmingham on Tuesday. But with Gareth Ainsworth taking over as caretaker boss, one thing for sure is that you are guaranteed a fully committed performance from his team and that, it certainly was. Reading had a 100% home record before today, but that record is no more...

It all started well enough though with the journey being a breeze and was probably, the easiest so far for PK and the Henley mob. But the Rangers travelling support couldn't really have asked for any more today. Without getting into a debate of who is picking the team etc etc, the players today did themselves and the club proud.

There was still a little bit lacking from the R's in the final third but Buzsaky and Parejo brought good saves from Hahnemann in the Reading goal. Reading themselves had few chances and had a decent penalty shout turned away by referee Foy when Mahon clearly handled the ball in the area. Rangers had an appeal of their own late on, but to be honest, the dive from Parejo was so pathetic, I am surprised he wasn't shown a card for it. Why he chose to do that rather than put in a cross from what was a good position, I will never know?

QPR: Cerny, Leigertwood, Stewart, Hall, Connolly, Buzsaky, Mahon, Rowlands, Cook, Di Carmine (Blackstock 60), Parejo (Balanta 86).
Subs Not Used: Delaney, Tommasi, Cole.

Lofty's Man of the Match - Damion Stewart had an awesome game in the centre of defence and incidentally was voted Sky's man of the match. Leigertwood looked extremely comfortable in the right back position, but today's award, deservedly goes to R's keeper, Radek Cerny.

In summary, I am a lot happier now than I was yesterday. As mentioned, this was not only a very decent result but a fully deserved one. Reading were six out of six at home before today, scoring freely and we never really gave them a sniff at goal. Another tough test will come on Tuesday against Birmingham, but if Rangers show as much heart, passion and desire as they did at the Madjeski Stadium today, we will have little to complain about, whatever the result.

Congratulations Gaz!!


  • At 2:21 am, Blogger Bobo said…

    Absolutely, congratulations to Gareth! I have to say though, I hope he doesn't get the job permanently. I think he would do a fine job, just don't want to seem him shown the door after 15 games.

    Hahnemann is one of my favorite goal keepers so a 0-0 draw with Cerny getting your MoM is about the best result possible for the Rs.

    Birmingham is going to be really tough, but I'm sure Gaz with have them up for it again.


  • At 7:37 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Is that an old 10p about to hit gaz,s swede in the top picture?

  • At 9:31 am, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Well absolutely bobo! You never know what we are going to get with the current board and I don't think any R's fam would like to see Gareth shown the door!

    Anonymous - haha, yeah I see what you mean ;o)

  • At 10:54 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    good report loft. well done to mr ainsworth still a bit worried about what he said to sky after the game,wish he would av said said i picked the team not some gray hair git. agree parejo should av been booked but then he would av had to walk shocking.lots of good things came out of the game lets hope gareth can keep it going, SAW POINT cooke now fit,lots of games loved by fans so can any one tell me why he is not doing what a class player is ment to do TAKE PLAYERS ON ,BEAT THEM,,may be tues night if i feel like it P.K

  • At 2:50 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks Lofty

    Great report & result played well in defence but still lacking up front did we test them enough? We should be putting teams like that to the

    It was a great result away at best home record in division still think Rowland’s & Buzz should play centre midfield with winger on the right as well as Cookie on the left.

    Rowland’s also had a good game broke up a lot of there play & Legs at right back had there dirty player Hunt in his pocket.

    Also as I had to watch on sky due to my injury Rangers boys made loads of Noise...
    It was great.

    Tuesday need another 100% from the boys. & we all need to get behind the team and make loads of Noise.



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