Rangers Walk it...
Coventry 0-2 QPR
Rangers got back on the road after the magnificent 4-0 victory against Swansea on Boxing Day as they travelled to Coventry City. Could the R's end their TV nightmare with a second win over the festive period? We were about to find out.
It was me that took the wheel on this occasion early on today and picked up PK, Jenson and Lofty before making the jorney up the M1 and M6. We arrived in good time to taste what has to be some of the worst pies on offer in any ground.
Neil Warnock named an unchanged side as we looked to finally win on TV again...
In an unspectacular first half it was Rangers' that enjoyed the most of the creative possession yet it was Coventry that had the best chances, only to be denied by two fantastic saves by Paddy Kenny.
It was the R's that had the opening chance as Taarabt flashed an effort past the post in the opening minutes. When Coventry were in possession the ball spent most of the time in orbit collecting a fresh batch of snow. Marlon King was at the heart of a lot of stick from the R's travelling support with some cracking songs being sung about him, referring to his past midemeanours. Those who were there will know what we are talking about...
It was Coventry then that had two efforts superbly saved by Paddy Kenny and then Alejandro Faurlin cleared a header off the line as Coventry were causing problems with corners and crosses into the box. Jamie Mackie had the final effort of the half as he found space in the box and his half volley flew just wide of the post.
Half time saw the gang relax on the concourse as Matt joined us in the stand for a quick chat before the second half started and we braced ourselves for what would hopefully be a better half.
Rangers started the half with a fresh and more attacking approach and it was this that led to Rangers' taking the lead. Kyle Walker attacked down the right hand side and passed two defenders before having space to run on towards goal and was given space to smash a shot in at the near post and it hit Westwood's face before rustling the back of the net.
This gave the R's the impetus to drive forward and limited Coventry to hopeful balls that were easily dealt with by the R's back four. Soon it was 2-0. The more team friendly, Adel Taarabt was the creator with a superb cross to Tommy Smith and he flicked the ball into the far corner to give the R's a deserved 2-0 lead. The R's continued to press and just couldn't extend their lead and ended the half as they started, on top.
Another solid performance by Rangers saw us continue to do the basics correctly and create chances a plenty. Things are certainly getting back on track!
QPR: Kenny, Hill, Derry, Taarabt (Rowlands 84), Helguson (Orr 89), Faurlin, Mackie, Gorkss, Walker, Connolly, Smith (Clarke 80). Subs: Cerny, Agyemang, Hulse, Tofas.
Man of the Match - was an easy one for us today as Kyle Walker showed his Premiership credentials and hopefully we will push to make him a permanent signing.
So, with the last game in 2010 ending on a high note, all of us at Lofty Heights would like to wish each and every one of you a VERY Happy New Year!! The R's are starting the New Year, Top of the League and 7 points clear! Not a bad way to kick off 2011...
Come on You R'sssss!!!