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Saturday, December 06, 2008

QPR Keep The Wolves From The Door...

QPR 1-0 Wolves

A stunning 20-yard strike from Martin Rowlands earned QPR a much deserved victory over Championship leaders Wolves.


It seems hard to believe that just 2 weeks ago, I was writing about a diabolical R's showing away at Watford - and now, three games and seven points later - and writing about an awesome performance against the runaway league leaders. It just shows what a funny old game football can be.

Well, with the game being selected as the evening kick off by Sky, it meant a late start to the proceedings and what with Wolves being unbeaten in their last nine games, there seemed little confidence around the ground. However, the top teams coming to Loftus Road often brings the best out of the R's and it was most certainly the case today.

Rangers had much the better of the first half and could and maybe, should have been three up at the break. Blackstock, Helguson and Agyemang all had good chances. Despite going close when David Jones curled narrowly wide from a cleverly-worked free-kick, Wolves were fortunate to reach the interval on level terms.

Onto the second half and Wolves again relied on Hennessy to prevent them falling behind just after the break when he blocked Helguson's shot with his legs, just after the break. The visitors then started to come into the game, but found Radek Cerny in superb form once again in the R's goal, saving well from Jones and Ebanks-Blake. But just past the hour, Loftus Road erupted as Rangers went ahead - when Rowlands scored with a stunning 20-yard effort that flew over Hennessy before dipping into the net.

As you would have expected from a team at the top of the league, Wolves then came at Rangers and Cerny had to produce two more world class saves, both from Sam Vokes efforts. Rangers defended suprebly as the clock ticked down, but nearly made the game safe in stoppage time when Samuel Di Carmine shot narrowly wide as Rangers caught Wolves on the break.

QPR: Cerny, Delaney, Stewart, Mahon, Blackstock (Cook 27) (Di Carmine 89), Agyemang, Gorkss, Rowlands, Ramage, Ephraim, Helguson (Tommasi 77). Subs: Cole, Borrowdale

Lofty's Man of the Match - so many contenders for this one and it's hard to fault any of the players after that performance. Agyemang, Helguson and Rowlands were excellent and there were awesome performances from Cerny, Stewart and Gorkss. Hard to call a man of the match from the last three, but Kaspars Gorkss JUST shades it for me!

There really isn't much more I can add to this. It was an awesome performance from QPR and one of the best, if not THE best of the season so far and Watford now seems a million miles away. I am also happy that the Sky audience got to see it too.

And finally, the Soup Watch. As mentioned in the Charlton report, the soup sold at the bagel bar in the Lower Loft was simply, superb! - as it didn't let us down again today with myself and PK sampling the excellent Minestrone at half time. On the subject of the catering, Corp has insisted that I mentioned the Swordfish pasta that was served in the QPR Restaurant today - and yes, he was in Corporate Hospitality again!!! ;o)


  • At 2:10 am, Blogger Bobo said…

    What a game, what a season... It is hard to understand isn't it? Wins over Birmingham and Wolves and the insanity of the Watford game?

    Cerny has been world class so I have to reluctantly admit that getting him in off season was a great move by the club.

    Agyemang has been terrorizing the other team's backs but not scoring a lot of goals. One way or another the Rs need to find a way (I think) so get a few more goals to make the playoffs. Of course a few wins away from LR would be great too.

    Glad to hear about the soup Lofty, but I'm still missing the pie reports!


  • At 11:27 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    what a goal ! ! what a game .
    fantastic performance from the hoops . I couldn't believe I was watching the same team . the movement off the ball from the players is something PS must be focusing on because it made us very difficult to defend against .
    thanks for the match report Lofty .


  • At 12:20 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    cheers bobo. Could not agree more about Cerny, a world class keeper without a doubt and we are lucky to have him. He got some awful stick at the start of the season and I delighted that he has done his talking on the pitch.

    As for the pies, well, it is all for the better good as I became concerned about mine and the gangs waistlines ;o) The soup is excellent and has now replaced lager as my preferred half time beverage ;o)

    Thanks JK, always nice to be appreciated. PS got his tactics spot on yesterday and as you and the TV audience saw, the victory was thoroughly deserved :o)

  • At 5:12 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As you say Lofty, a funny old game! It was obviously an excellent win and I'm delighted. The one thing I have picked out from all reports is that we should have had more goals had the strikers been more deadly or accurate. That is the ongoing concern as it has been since last season!

    Keep up the good work, Lofty!

    South Coast Ranger

  • At 8:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    great report on a great game and what a goal rowlands dad in law will be a night mare on mon...i think every player deserves there corn this week even cookie[still think waste of money but we are a rich club so what the hell]my mom was agyemang never stopped running battleing.worked to the end..AS FOR THE GUYS IN THE LOFT WHO WERE BOOOOOOING MANCIENNE TOTAL TWATS....PK

  • At 8:46 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Cheers PK and I couldn't agree more about the booing. Our loss is Wolves gain for sure, Mancienne is a class act!!


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