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Saturday, February 07, 2009

A Good Result???

Forest 2-2 QPR

Matteo Alberti scored his first goals for QPR in a 2-2 draw with Forest at the City Ground, but could and should have taken all three points.


The City Ground in Nottingham, is a ground that QPR have never won in what is now 27 attempts at and without question, we should have done today. But despite a good away point, I am sitting here writing this with slight disappointment. But the day started on a positive enough note. What with all the snow and everything in the week, there was never any doubt that this game would go ahead and myself, PK and the Henley mob enjoyed a trouble free journey and arrived at around 12.30. From there, we took a walk and after years of not quite making it, we FINALLY made the famous 'HOOTERS' bar for our pre match entertainment. One for the lads this one, definitely, with TV's everywhere showing the lunchtime Sky match. But in truth, many other distractions meant that the TV's were hardly even given a second glance.


The American Style food on display also looked appetising enough, but our lack of foresight in booking a table, meant that we turned to a burger van for our pre match food.

Onto the game and Rangers largely controlled the first half and certainly looked the more threatening, with a double goal line clearance from the home side and Liegertwood hitting the post, were all that were keeping the scores level. But on the stroke of half time Forest won a penalty when McGugan chipped in a superb ball for Chambers and he was quite stupidly pulled back by Alberti. McGugan made no mistake from the spot. Three minutes into first-half injury time, Alberti redeemed himself when Matt Connolly pulled the ball back from the right byline and the Italian fired beyond Paul Smith to bring the sides level.

Alberti added his second two minutes after the break, latching onto Wayne Routledge's flick on, holding off the defender and firing a superb shot across goal and into the top corner.


Routledge missed a golden chance to make the game safe, minutes later, but on 66 minutes, Forest were level. Chambers cross in looked like Camp's all the way, but it went over the R's keeper, too the unmarked Cohen to nod past the standing Stewart and Gorkss on the goaline. Lee Camp cried foul, after the match, Paulo Sousa has cried foul, but to me, it looked like Camp made a complete mess of it. Either way, the scores were level. Mikele Leigertwood thought he had put QPR ahead again with a superb header, only to be denied by a stunning save from Smith.

QPR: Camp, Delaney, Stewart, Mahon, Leigertwood, Routledge, Gorkss, Connolly, Miller (Ephraim 70), Alberti (Balanta 82), Di Carmine (Blackstock 59). Subs: Hall, Rose.

Lofty's Man of the Match - Kaspars Gorkss. Hard to look elsewhere than the Rangers centre backs this afternoon, but Gorkss just shaded it for me today.

In summary, it probably shows how far we have come that most are disappointed with a draw away from home, especially as Forest have been in such good form recently. Both sides had key players missing, but Rangers were so much better than Forest in all departments. Forest in comparison, were pretty poor I have to say, which makes it even more frustrating that two mistakes have cost us another good three away points.

And finally, I mentioned in last week's report, I mentioned Vickie's cool new gloves which have proved to be a godsend for her in this bitterly cold weather. I am pleased to announce that Vickie kindly agreed to model them for us today...



  • At 7:57 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Looks like a bit of camera shake on the Hooters photo!!! I wonder why????? Nice to see Alberti score a brace but by all accounts, two points lost! At least we had a few more shots on target than last week.
    South Coast Ranger

  • At 8:01 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    HAHA, cheers SCR. It was Justin who actually took the photo, but didn't want to draw attention and took off the flash, either way, complete and justified, perversion ;o)

  • At 2:39 pm, Blogger Bobo said…

    I know it was two points lost for the Rs in a promotion race, but my heart has sympathy for the 25 thousand Forest fans that came out to support them in a relegation race.

    Too bad Camp missed that one, probably not great timing for him if he wants to be the #1 at Forest.

    Outstanding choice in gloves for Vickie! Good gloves, good boots and a warm hat are the keys on a cold day. Oh perhaps a quick stop at Hooters just to take the chill off.


  • At 6:36 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    cheers bobo, as for the Forest fans and sympathy, I would be more so if you ever visited the City Ground and didn't hear the words 'European Cup' or 'Brian Clough' mentioned at least a dozen times...

    'Your Not Famous Anymore' comes to mind...

  • At 1:22 am, Anonymous Angel North said…

    Haha don't you just love those gloves :)

    complete and justified perversion? lmao. im sure the hooters girls are used to all the attention, you should have asked for a pic with


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