QPR Still Sit on Top of the Hill...
QPR 2-0 Ipswich
QPR maintained their 5 point lead at the top of the Championship as goals from Clint Hill and Heidar Helguson, gave the R's a 2-0 win over in-form, Ipswich.
Well the fixtures seem to be coming thick and fast now, but despite it being a midweek fixture, I am very pleased to report a full gang attendance, including once again, our very own good luck charm, Little Jack. We didn't really all get together until we were all inside the Stadium with kick off fast approaching and the main talking point was that Neil Warnock had decided to break up the meanest defence in the division and rest Matt Connolly and Kaspars Gorkss. Fitz Hall and Danny Shittu took their place in the centre of defence and to be honest, caused much concern as neither had played much football this season for one reason or another. However, in Warnock we trust and we needn't had worried at all as they were both immense in the centre of defence, more on that later...
Onto the game and in an easily forgettable first half, it was the visitors that had slightly the better of things and young starlet, Connor Wickham, came close to giving the Tractor Boys an early lead after he found space to unleash an angled drive that QPR debutant Danny Shittu did well to block. On the half-hour, Shittu's defensive partner Fitz Hall, threw himself in front of a thunderbolt from Grant Leadbitter to deflect the shot over the crossbar. Shittu was in action again as Rangers got into their stride towards the end of the half and saw his header from Taarabt's corner cleared off the line.
Rangers were much improved after the break and the chances began to come - Ishmael Miller's close-range shot was saved by Marton Fulop before Helguson's header flew just over the top from Shittu's nod back. Lee Martin brought a good save from Paddy Kenny before the breakthrough finally came on 77 minutes - Taarabt swung in a corner which was again met by Shittu who nodded across the face of the goal and Clint Hill threw himself forward to power the ball home with his head.
Wayne Routledge almost made it two minutes later but Fulop saved his powerful drive. But it was game, set and match on 83 minutes when Hill found space on the left to cross for Helguson, who headed down and the ball bounced high into the net.
QPR: Kenny, Orr, Hill, Derry, Hall, Taarabt, Helguson, Faurlin, Routledge, Miller (Buzsaky 75), Shittu (Connolly 90).Subs: Cerny, Gorkss, Hulse, Vaagan Moen, Chimbonda.
Lofty's Man of the Match - I'm very pleased to report there were several contenders for this one - myself and Lee opted for Danny Shittu for a superb return to the QPR First Team. Jenson and Alan both went for the goal and assist man, Clint Hill, with Corp choosing Paddy Kenny. It was so hard to disagree with any of the choices, but tonight's winner with 3 votes, from PK, Jo and Sam, this ones for you - Fitz Hall
In summary, this was a MASSIVE win against a side in form and a side with absolutely nothing to lose. Rangers again have to make a long ol' poke up North on Saturday to the Riverside Stadium to face a Middlesbrough side to which you just never know, just what side turn up from one week to the next. Lee will return with his famous and entertaining away reports but until then...
Come on You R'ssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!