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Saturday, November 15, 2008

No Cup Hangover for the Clarets as QPR Crash and Burn...


QPR 1-2 Burnley

Burnley came from behind to win 2-1 at Loftus Road, Dexter Blackstock had opened the scoring for the R's on 14 minutes. Both sides were fresh from their midweek Carling Cup expolits, but there was no cup hangover for the Clarets who in truth, deserved their victory.


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Maybe people were still recovering from their trips to Old Trafford midweek, but it all seemed a bit subdued around the ground before kick off. The news also that Akos Buzsaky will miss the rest of the season would have also contributed to that somewhat, I'm sure.

Onto the game and Rangers started superbly and went ahead on 13 minutes, when Dexter Blackstock collected Lee Cook's pass and fired into the bottom corner of the net from ten yards. Blackstock then had a header from Hogan Ephraim's corner tipped over by keeperJensen, who also saved a long-range shot from Martin Rowlands. Cook fired over with a sweet volley as the R's continued to dominate, but Burnley equalised against the run of play on 34 minutes - Gudjonsson's pass found Robbie Blake unmarked and was given time and space to shoot into the top corner past Radek Cerny and from there on in, Rangers lost their way.

Burnley continued to put Rangers under pressure in the second half but Rangers responded and had strong appeals for a penalty waved away after Blackstock was brought down by former QPR defender Clarke Carlisle. But on 59 minutes, Burnley were ahead as Mahon smashed home from the edge of the penalty area when Blake's cross was poorly cleared by Fitz Hall.

You could tell it just wasn't going to be Rangers day, when referee, waved away what looked like another stonewall penalty as Blackstock was again brought down, this one looked even more convincing than the first.

QPR: Cerny, Stewart, Hall, Blackstock, Rowlands, Ramage, Connolly (Delaney 46), Cook, Tommasi (Mahon 52), Di Carmine, Ephraim (Agyemang 62). Subs: Cole, Agyemang, Ledesma.

Lofty's Man of the Match - Radek Cerny

Well, another disappointing result and dare I say, performance, but take nothing away from Burnley who are on a great run and in my opinion, are the best side I have seen at Loftus Road this season. But as the weeks go by, Rangers lack of firepower becomes more and more of an issue and the decision this week to let Angelo Balanta and Romone Rose go out on loan, is just baffling? I only hope that there is something in the pipeline to back these decisions up?

I will finish today with yet again, referees being in the news in the past week for various reasons and the 'respect' campaign that is being forced down our throats more and more. But how on earth, are you supposed to respect officials like Stuart Attwell and the complete fool we had today??? I ask you?

5 Comments:

  • At 12:09 pm, Blogger Bobo said…

    Lofty,

    Total agreement about Balanta. I completely understand what Gaz said, that it would be better for his development to be playing more first team football. On the other hand, with so few attacking options and the owners professing a "win now" mantra, I just don't see how that is consistent.

    Hopefully a week of rest and training will lead to three points against Watford.

    Bobo

     
  • At 12:59 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Indeed, bobo. It's just something I can't get my head around at the moment? Balanta is on fire in the reserves, has starred and scored when called upon in the first team. We are struggling for goals so what is the answer, send him out on loan??

    There MUST be something in the pipeline, surely??

     
  • At 7:40 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Lofty, thanks for all your hard work - much appreciated by me.

    I just cannot fathom out what QPR management is up to at the moment. Are we a ship without a rudder? Unless significant changes are made, it looks like we are heading for mid table, even play-offs seem over ambitious.

    There has been a lack of firepower up front from day one of the season and we all knew the strike force needed to be strengthened during the close season. If the new owners are intervening (interfering) at the moment, then they are not doing a good job in my view. Top of my shopping list would be a manager who has a good track record and in whom the board will have utmost confidence so as not to interfere. Then we need to find one or two good and proven finishers to bring in.

    South Coast Ranger

     
  • At 10:12 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    South Coast, you must be a mind reader as I have once again been seriously contemplating calling it a day with this and you send a comment like that, thank you!

    And yes, I agree with you 100%, the sooner a new manager is appointed, the sooner the club can settle down.

     
  • At 12:07 am, Blogger bobo said…

    I think the owners should focus on their stated goals and really think about how to implement them: improving the experience for the fans and building a team to reach the Premiership and stay there over the next couple of years.

    The ownership has made attracting the kind of manager and players the team needs more difficult and the rumors of disagreement among the board are toxic. They really need to get their act together and start speaking with one voice.

     

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