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Monday, April 13, 2009


QPR 3-2 Sheff Weds

A Damion Stewart header in the 88th minute completed a remarkable comeback for QPR from being 2-0 down to win all three points, in what was a very entertaining afternoon at Loftus Road.

Before the game, there was a minutes applause in honour of QPR League Cup Winning Captain, Mike Keen, who sadly died at the weekend following a short illness. He was 69. Keen made 393 appearances for the R's, scoring 39 goals - RIP Mike.


Before the game, there had been rumours of protests against Flavio Briatore, which didn't happen, except for a few half hearted chants from certain sections of the ground. But again, it was a distinctively muted atmosphere around the ground before the kick off which remained until kick off time. The blue and white bar was half empty at half past two and the lady in one of the food kiosks in the Lower Loft, was reading her book. But gladly, Gareth Ainsworth's QPR side certainly lifted the spirits as the R's went on to produce an excellent performance in what was a thoroughly enoyable game of football.

In fact, why we ever had to comeback from 2 goals down is anyones guess?? Rangers literally peppered the Wednesday goal in the first half, had two goals disallowed and hit the post twice, before the Owls took the lead on 35 minutes - as Etienne Esajas's inswinging courner was headed into his own goal by QPR skipper Gavin Mahon.

It got worse after the break and at the start of the second half, Stewart tangled with Clarke in the box and referee Darren Deadman had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot and Tudgay slotted home the resulting spot kick. Rowan Vine entered the field on 56 minutes and just 6 minutes later, had reduced the deficit - Routledge's shot across goal could only be parried by Grant into the path of Vine, who tapped the ball home from two yards.

Ten minutes later, it was all square with Gavin Mahon bringing the scores level with a stooping header from a Cook cross at the far post. The comeback was complete with 2 minutes to go, when the excellent Cook, delivered another fine cross to the far post for Damion Stewart to head home powerfully from close range.


QPR: Cerny, Stewart, Mahon (Leigertwood 76), Routledge, Gorkss, Ramage, Connolly, Cook, López (Ephraim 68), Helguson, Taarabt (Vine 56). Subs: Delaney, Miller.

Lofty's Man of the Match - Lee Cook

In summary, there has been so much negativity around the club over the past week and I myself, must admit to being extremely lethargic about attending today's game and on more than one occasion, had thoughts of giving it a miss. But I am so glad I didn't as I saw a memorable game of football, a memorable comeback and a great performance from QPR!! Even more memorable for the memory of Mike Keen, with the R's coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2, as per that day in 1967!!

Come On You R'ssssss!!


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