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Saturday, January 31, 2009

QPR Begin to Prove a Point...

QPR 0-0 Reading

An entertaining goalless draw at Loftus Road meant Reading lost ground on Championship leaders Wolves, while sadly, QPR missed the chance to move into the top six.


Well, despite the somewhat negative opening line, this was a decent game which I thoroughly enjoyed. Following Lee's excellent report from Blackpool, it is back to my ramblings for this one, in what was labelled the Battle of the Hoops?!? You will hear no more of this from me, simply because Reading do NOT wear hoops, end of story!

After back to back away wins, the mood was clearly upbeat around the stadium before the game and although the temparature was rapidly dipping as the day was moving on, my heart was certainly warmed by the return of the SOUP in the Lower Loft kiosk - something of which I am now assured will be a permanant fixture from now on. Winter Vegetable was the order of the day and although it was no means my personal favourite, it went down well all the same. I was also warmed by the sight of Vickie's cool new white gloves, Lee Cook take note!!

Onto the game and despite the lack of goals and overall opporunities for either side, this was thoroughly enjoyable game of football played at a high tempo in front of the R's biggest crowd of the season. QPR's best chance of the match came on 11 minutes when Heidar Helguson somehow headed Damien Delaney's left-wing cross wide from inside the six-yard box.

Reading almost went ahead when Cisse's shot was tipped away by Rangers goalkeeper Lee Camp, who also did well to keep out Leroy Lita's deflected effort early in the second half.


Rangers had the lions share of possession but Reading always looked capable of nicking a goal when coming forward - and very nearly did so with 20 minutes to go, when a goalmouth scramble ended with defender Matt Connolly blocking Kevin Doyle's attempt to bundle the ball over the line. But with the two sides so well matched, the draw was probably the right result on the day.

QPR: Camp, Delaney, Stewart, Mahon (Ephraim 77), Leigertwood, Routledge, Gorkss, Connolly, Cook (Di Carmine 90), Miller, Helguson (Blackstock 84). Subs: Hall, Alberti.

Lofty's Man of the Match - a good few contenders for this one I'm pleased to say, with Delaney having his best game in a QPR shirt to date. Gorkss and Stewart were immense against a very good Reading front line. Wayne Routledge was a constant threat, but today's award goes to home debutant, Liam Miller.

I have to be honest and say, that I maybe just am a tad disappointed that Rangers didn't 'go for it' as such with say, 20 minutes to go and put two up front. But nevertheless, this was another decent performance against a very decent side and for the second time this season, have shut out the league's top scorers.

Come on You R'ssssss!!


  • At 7:35 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi ya lofty,,
    very good report lee sorry i mean lofty ah ah,i agree was a very good game for a 0-0,must admite i thought motm should have been shared between gorkss+stewart could have played another 24hrs and thay would not have got passed them two...cook wot a waste of space the only good thing he done sat was sign your photo thank god he will have a rest on

  • At 7:59 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks PK, I did mention how outstanding Gorkss and Stewart were, but being the first time I have seen Miller play, I was very impressed and that is what swung this one for me. He never stops running and does the simple thing all the time, a great signing in my opinion.

    As for Cook, waste of space is a bit harsh, although I must explain to other readers, Cook could score a hat trick in the play off final, and it would STILL not be good enough for the PK ;o) hehe

  • At 11:08 pm, Blogger Bobo said…

    Hey Lofty, I need to start checking LH more often seeing as you are adding more items in between matches. The Rs have a great record against the best sides in the Championship and are just outside of the playoffs with plenty of time left in the season. Now that the Rs are getting a few wins on the road you have to be positive about their outlook.

    Great report and great work on the site.


  • At 7:05 am, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks Bobo and yes, it's looking extremely good for us and seeing the confidence on the pitch, is enough to convince me that we could well be Wembley bound come May... there, I have said it ;o)

    As for LH, thank you and yes, the new features are generally being well receieved and for the away travellers amongst us, a guide to the forthcoming away game will be going on line this week.

  • At 2:50 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Lofty! Actually made this match! Interesting report and agree that for a 0-0 draw it was entertaining. However I found myself repeatedly asking when Rs broke forward "where's Helgusson?". The ball had to be held up in midfield too many times because of the lack of anyone in the box!! And I can only recall one R's effort on target. Oh for a lethal striker! Mind on the plus side, we did boss midfield!

    Cheers, South Coast Ranger

  • At 3:51 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks SCR, I fully agree about a striker, as much as I like him, Helguson does seem to struggle up front on his own??
    Glad you made it to the game, next time your up, give me a shout.

  • At 3:28 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OK Lofty - will do with pleasure. The Sheffield United match on 7 March will probably be next. Regards SCR


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