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Saturday, March 05, 2011

It's Miller Time as Ishmael Fox Leicester...

QPR 1-0 Leicester

Ishmael Miller came off the bench to fire QPR eight points clear at the top of the Championship, as Neil Warnock's tactical masterstroke, out foxed Leicester at Loftus Road.

Okay, no more puns, I promise...

A Saturday home game, a rarity in these parts for R's fans... and the gang, all bar California Hoop, missing due to family commitments, met in the Springbok. Due to the new regulations regarding drinking outside the pub, we made our way to the newly decorated and very blue, upper bar and stood on the balcony overlooking South Africa Road. We soon found that standing on the balcony is also against regulations as we were soon to be shepherded inside and with only four chairs available, it was standing room only as we enjoyed a pre match pint.

With 15 minutes to spare, we made our way, slowly into the ground to join another sell out Loftus Road crowd and with Rangers unchanged from last weeks victory over Middlesbrough, the match against Sven-Goran Eriksson's much improved Leicester side, got underway.

The first half was a tight but full blooded affair, with Taarabt getting plenty of 'treatment' from the Leicester back line. It was 26 minutes before the first chance came, with Helguson's low drive being blocked by the legs of Ricardo. Hall went close for the R's soon after before Paddy Kenny was brought into action - Yakubu's esquisite lob being superbly tipped over by the R's Number One.

The game opened up somewhat after the break with Buzsaky's powerful drive from the right being forced away by Ricardo. Helguson headed just over minutes later from Taarabt's teasing free kick and Wayne Routledge hit the side netting. But it wasn't all one way traffic and Waghorn nearly made Matt Connolly pay for his indecisiveness, but poked his effort just over the bar.

Helguson was inches away from giving Rangers the lead, by sliding full stretch and just failing to connect with Taarabt's cross/shot that flew across the face of the Leicester goal. Paddy Kenny was at his brilliant best yet again - Yakubu's cross was headed towards the top corner by King, but Kenny superbly tipped his goalbound effort over the bar.

But the masterstroke came on 86 minutes when Ishmael Miller entered the play in place of Adel Taarabt. Within 2 minutes of him coming on,he big striker collected Routledge's through ball, powered past the impressive Sol Bamba, before slotting his effort cooly under Ricardo. It was all a bit of a blur after that to be honest as 3 sides of Loftus Road went absolutely beserk and the celebrations went on right through the remaining two minutes and stoppage time, before the final whistle went on another massive victory.

QPR: Kenny, Orr, Hill, Derry, Hall (Connolly 31), Taarabt (Miller 86), Helguson, Buzsaky (Ephraim 90), Faurlin, Routledge, Shittu. Subs: Cerny, Hulse, Smith, Vaagan Moen.

Man of the Match - plenty of candidates here and for the first time this season, the gang could not find an out right winner and we had a three way split! To be honest, I can't quite remember who voted for who, but there were 3 votes each for Helguson, Kenny and Faurlin. So, Sam came up with the novel idea of putting it to our adoring public to decide, so the question was asked on the Lofty Heights facebook page. We accumulated just 5 more votes but they were all in favour of the R's Number One and today's award goes to Paddy Kenny.

In summary, Rangers won, Cardiff, Swansea and Forest lost and Norwich drew - a perfect day and the R's are eight points clear. As mentioned, this was another massive victory against an in form Leicester who are, in my opinion, the best side I have seen at Loftus Road this season.

The gang will be smaller, but will be at The New Den on Tuesday night as the R's take on Millwall and Lee will return with one of his legendary away match reports no doubt, but until then...

COME ON YOU R'ssssssss!!!!!


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