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Saturday, August 13, 2011

No One Said It Was Going To Be Easy...

QPR 0-4 Bolton

Welcome back to the start of a brand new season and after a 15 year absence and a Lofty Heights first, I am writing a report from a QPR match in the Premier League. A game which saw the R's get off to the worst possible start to what will no doubt be, a very tough campaign, with Bolton trotting out 4-0 winners, but things aren't always what they seem....

After what seemed a very long summer, I woke this morning with the football buzz and literally, could not wait to get back down to HQ to catch up with the gang again. After I literally was driving everyone mad at home, I left earlier than normal and arrived at the ground at around 12.30ish...

I first bumped into Jenson who, suited up, was spending the day in an Executive Box and was making an early challenge to Corporate Gordon's crown. The scores will be level next week as Gordon will be sampling the Corporate Hospitality at Goodison Park. Also in attendance were Tony and Dad, Mick and at this point, I, along with all of us at Lofty Heights, would like to Congratulate Tony and Wife, Mel, on the birth of their gorgeous baby daughter, Jessica Jane!!

I took a slow walk then to the Spingbok pub and to my delight, saw R's fans outside drinking in the lunchtime sunshine. The delight was shortlived as as soon as I arrived, the doorman was shuffling people in as the 1pm, drinking in the street curfew had arrived and I soon found myself inside what was an absolute sweatbox. After a very rushed pint, I sat outside, drinkless, but much more comfortable with Sophie, Mick and Tony and slowly but surely, the rest of the gang duly arrived.

After another drinkless 15 minutes, we were inside the Stadium, where we COULD have a beer in the fresh air and were eagerly awaiting the kick off. We made our way to our seats at ten to three and in good time for the kick off. All the seats in the Loft Upper Stand had been replaced and were now a more shiny blue plastic material and not with the cushions many of us had hoped for after a massive price increase for said seats. It was the kind of plastic that if anyone was to fart, it would make a racket and everyone and anyone would hear it, so sneaky ones are definitely out of the question...

Onto the game and the two teams took the field and Rangers were finally parading the brand new home shirt of thinner and more traditional blue and white hoops. New signings, Kieron Dyer, Jay Bothroyd, Danny Gabbidon and DJ Campbell were all making their QPR debuts. We almost made the perfect start when on 2 minutes, Taarabt's cross was flicked on by Bothroyd, for DJ Campbell to prod home from close range, only for the goal to be ruled out by the offside flag. More disappointment followed five minutes later when Kieron Dyer, probably the most unluckiest man in football, went down awkwardly after a tackle and was stretchered off, with a suspected broken metatarsal. Later X-Rays have proved in fact there is no break so we wish Kieron, who has worked tirelessly pre-season, a very speedy recovery!!

Despite the setback, Rangers pressed hard and had much the better of the first half, with Bothroyd seeing a header cleared off the line. There were further chances for Smith and Taarabt but the R's were caught with the classic sucker punch, five minutes before the break - Arsenal target, Gary Cahill collected the ball 25 yards out and curled a superb effort into the top corner. Bolton had demonstrated with style, that you need to take your chances in the Premier League.

The Trotters started the second half the brighter and Klasnic forced a fine save from Paddy Kenny before Kevin Davies headed just wide. Rangers replied and Adel Taarabt curled an effort just wide. But on 67 minutes, Bolton doubled their lead - Chris Eagles free kick was turned into his own net by Danny Gabbidon, who had been having a fine debut for the R's. It all went a bit flat from here as the players all looked very down and a section of the R's support starting directing their frustrations at Flavio Briatore.

Three minutes later, it was 3-0 as Klasnic's deflected effort beat Paddy Kenny and Muamba made it four with ten minutes remaining giving Bolton a somewhat flattering scoreline it has to be said, but on their second half performance, a deserved victory all the same. More abuse was aimed at Flavio Briatore and rightly so, when, after the fourth goal, he and his entourage made for the exit. Not the sort of behaviour you would expect from the owner of the Club, especially with potential investor, Tony Fernandes sitting beside him.

And just to rub salt into the open wounds, Clint Hill was sent off in stoppage time for allegedly, headbutting Petrov. By all accounts, it was nothing of the sort but nevertheless, stupid of Hill to get so involved so late in the game.

Kenny, Hill, Derry, Hall, Gabbidon, Taarabt (Buzsaky 72), Dyer (Orr 7), Campbell, Bothroyd, Faurlin, Smith (Helguson 72). Subs: Murphy, Connolly, Agyemang, Ephraim.

Man of the Match - was divided amongst the gang with Shaun Derry, Fitz Hall and Danny Gabbidon all in the running. But today's award, with 3 votes amongst us, goes to Jay Bothroyd.

In summary, anyone looking at this result will think it was a thumping and QPR are surefire favourites for the drop. But in all honesty, I am not overly disappointed and I enjoyed the match immensly, really, I did. For an hour we were as good as Bolton and more than held our own. But a moment of quality and two fortunate goals made it an extremely difficult afternoon.

The Lofty Heights gang are in strong force and on the road to Everton next Saturday and Lee will return with one of his legendary away reports, from Goodison Park.

Come on You R'sssssssssssss!!!!


  • At 9:45 pm, Blogger Baggie_Bird said…

    What a shame after 15 years of waiting but I am glad you are not despondent. West Brom's first game of the season last year resulted in a 6-0 loss yet the enthusiasm was still there for the next game. Good Luck for the rest of the season.

  • At 11:35 pm, Blogger Rangermouse said…

    Good to have you back mate and it's reassuring to hear that all the old gang were there. Keep up the reports they were fantastic last year and I don't suppose for one minute that you will be pulling your punchess !!

  • At 11:39 pm, Blogger Rangermouse said…

    Great to see you back today mate its been a long summer and it is good to hear that the whole gang was in attendance.Bummy result but hey-ho 37 and on we go U'rrrrrrrrrrrrrrs

  • At 12:30 pm, Blogger Tony said…

    Sorry for your loss, it is hard to take that kind of score, especially as the wait was so long. never mind, you will recover and stay up.
    Mind you,I could almost have predicted what would happen with Dyer and gabbidon. As a West Ham fan I have had to put up with those two for too long. What a relief they have left!!! Dyer should retire. he is just being greedy. gabbidon should retire as he has lost a least a yard in terms of covering and his experience in readindg the ball no longer saves hime (or his team). He should be a coach for Cardiff.Good luck rangers. See you next year.Tony

  • At 2:25 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    good report mate.... 15 year wait .we did play well for 60 mins then seem to give it up sill got a lot to learn but it was only the 1st game a long way to go yet and cant wait for everton next week if not just to see how goodison pk as changed in 15 years.... burnham hoop

  • At 11:23 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hiya Lofty

    Firstly thanks for kind words for Jessica-Jane. Mel sent a x to you :-)

    I thought in the first half we played well but had no luck in the final third, when we did get shots of they didnt trouble the keeper and Bolton's goal showed the difference between the Championship and Premiership.

    I was dissapointed that we seemed to collapse after the second goal, but i think we need a real captain wearing the armband and not have Tarrabt wearing it to keep him happy.

    Hopefully with the rumored takeover, a couple more players in and some deadwood out things will improve. If not it is going to be a long season.


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