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Wednesday, October 01, 2008


QPR 1-1 Blackpool

A late Dexter Blackstock goal denied Blackpool another away win as Rangers stuttering form sadly continued at Loftus Road last night.

Apologies for the lateness of this round up, but on arriving back late last night, it wasn't really the time to write this one up, mainly, because I was angry!! Good in some ways that I have left it until now, but with so many changes already and happening at QPR this season, some things just never change. Rangers have followed up three good away performances, including the superb win at Villa, with two stuttering home showings.

Much has been said of the 4-5-1 formation that Iain Dowie seems to be favouring this term. When it works, it looks fantastic, but when it doesn't, it looks a complete shambles. So much so, the team were firmly booed from the field at half time, trailing to Gary Taylor-Fletcher's stunning 25-yard effort that looped over Radek Cerny.

Thankfully, Dowie shuffled the pack at half time and went 4-4-2, with Agyemang joining Blackstock up front. Liegertwood also joined the proceedings at the expense of the inneffective Parejo and Ledesma. Rangers looked so much better from there on but found the Blackpool rear guard holding firm. Lee Cook's low drive was tipped behind by Paul Rachubka before Blackstock's header was ruled out for pushing.

Akos Buszaky joined the game for the last twenty minutes and made an almost immediate impact as his free-kick cracked the crossbar on 79 minutes - Dexter Blackstock was on hand to nod home the rebound to bring the R's level.

QPR: Cerny, Delaney, Stewart, Mahon (Buzsaky 72), Hall, Parejo (Leigertwood 46), Blackstock, Rowlands, Ramage, Cook, Ledesma (Agyemang 46).Subs: Camp, Gorkss.

Lofty's Man of the Match - Lee Cook, getting fitter all the time and almost back to his best! Well done Cookie!

Others amongst the gang enjoyed the game, well, the second half anyway. Myself? I was annoyed, or maybe just deeply disappointed, whatever? I'm still not quite sure? I have to admit, that I wasn't exactly jumping for joy when Iain Dowie was appointed QPR's Manager in the Summer. But what I have always admired about Dowie is that he is an 'honest' and genuine Manager. Which later in the evening, made me stop and think after he described the R's performance as 'terrific' in the post match interview on Sky Sports News. With all the above in mind, just watch us now go up to second placed Birmingham on Saturday and play them off the pitch...

Finally, great to see Corp at the game again last night as he continues his recovery from illness. You seriously must be wondering what we have all be going on about, eh mate? And last but not least, a belated Happy Birthday to PK who was... (how old mate?) yesterday!!


  • At 10:29 pm, Anonymous Leeroy said…

    Big happy bday to PK, hope despite the result u had a gd 1 =)
    Was again get to see the corp back with us, really hope to see him back on the mend asap, we just love his banter =)
    As for the game..... personally i thought parejo didnt have a bad half, ok he gave away a few sloppy passes, but if u watchin him and his movement, its brilliant!! If anything he is 3passes ahead of everyone else and is too quick at reading things and our players are playin catch up. If he had an on form rowley next to him in the centre and buz just behind dex then the 4-5-1 would work a treat. I must quickly say that it was Justin that pointed out his movement to me after 10mins and i studied it for the remainder of the half, so i'll give the credit there.
    Ledesma for me was a disappointment. He seems to be restricted on what he can do and needs to be freed up, but on the other hand ramage was left far too exposed in the st first half so i dont know how we can win there.
    Personally i would like to see balanta and alberti on the bench as they do possess, in my opinion, a quick and very attacking option. They are not afraid to go running at people and its something we are lacking at the moment, players do seem afraid to take people on and run past them.
    I was glad to see cookie back near his best, he certainly seems 2b hittin the ground running now. Dex will certainly benefit from this over the next few games, more bodies need to be joinin dex in the box as well when cookie is out wide as the deliveries are just menacing.
    I still remain positive that we will get something up in brummy land on sunday......

  • At 10:46 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    cheers again Lee, very positive! I was almost expecting you to say it was 'terrific' too, there for a minute ;o)

  • At 1:02 am, Blogger Bobo said…

    Too bad to only come away with one point and I know the recent form has not been great, but just wow.. the past few weeks have been pretty amazing for a QPR fan. After winding up orders, relegation battles, courtroom drama and almost declaring war on China... it is amazing to think about how our Real Madrid loan is going to play against Man U. Just think about the initial Q P R even being in that last sentence.

    It was nice to read Lee's comment too! Love the positive. You are the man, as always Lofty.

  • At 12:04 pm, Anonymous Tony said…

    Hi Lofty,
    I'm currently writing for a QPR website and often come across your blog which I think is great. I'd be interested in speaking to you about using some of these or even the possiblility of you writing for us. Any chance I could have a contact email for you to discuss more?

  • At 5:31 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    hi Tony

    Thank you, love to hear nice feedback and glad you enjoy it. If you leave me your contact details on here, I will definitely get in touch.

    Thanks again :o)

  • At 6:35 pm, Anonymous Leeroy said…

    I'm always positive, well if i can find something to be positive about. My last two comments i have tried to look at it from a managers perspective, hopefully it makes sense.
    4-5-1 will make a return on saturday, it will probably be used to a better effect than the last 2 games, especially as birmingham will keep possession for prolonged periods, we just need to be patient and rely on our counter attacks. I can see connolly and buz returning to the starting line up, ledesma will be given one last time to shine before being rested, will be interesting to see if mahon or leggy play, personally (despite me not being a fan of him) i think mahon would be better suited for this game.


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