They Thought It Was All Over....
QPR 3-2 Liverpool
Well, it's nearly 24 hours after the event and I still haven't got my breath back. If you don't already know, QPR staged an sensational comeback - coming back from 2 down to win 3-2 in what was an amazing evening at Loftus Road.
To be honest, I still really don't know where to begin with this report, but I will endeavour to start from the beginning, of which I was caught up in so much traffic, I was considering giving up and turning the car around. But I arrived with ten minutes to spare so couldn't catch up with the gang until inside the ground.
Even later than me, were PK and Corp, who like myself, were stuck in traffic, so we filled them in on what they had missed in the 12 minutes and that if we were 3 down, no one could complain. Liverpool were bombarding the Rangers goal, playing some superb passing football along the way and we were certainly riding our luck. But as time went on, the R's were slowly getting back into the game and we thought we had taken the lead when a Cisse thunderbolt rippled the back of the net, only for us to find it went slightly wide, hit the hoardings and back onto the goal. Before this, Paddy Kenny had to be in great form to stop the impressive Luis Suarez.
Onto the second half and Rangers were creating little and Liverpool continued to press and it wasn't log before they took the lead - Stewart Downing's shot was cleared off the line by Bobby Zamora and, as the ball fell in the QPR box, substitute, Coates produced an superb scissors kick to finally beat Paddy Kenny.
On 62 minutes, came a moment I will remember for a long time as Jamie Mackie prepared to enter the field of play and California Hoop stated, this could be the defining moment of the season so far - so Captain, Joey Barton left the field amidst some booing from some of the home crowd. But it was the strangest feeling, the home crowd and the players all seemed to get a lift as Mackie did everything but run through a brick wall for the cause.
But it looked game over on 72 minutes - a Luis Suarez shot hit the post and Kenny saved from Downing before Kuyt stole in to pounce on the rebound and put the visitors 2-0 up, which had a few R's fans heading for the exit's. But there was a glimmer of hope just 5 minutes later, when Taarabt's corner, saw Shaun Derry head home his first Rangers goal and no one was more deserving.
From there, everything, finally just seemed to click. Rangers were going for it, which was so refreshing to see and were level on 86 minutes when Taiwo's cross was met by Cisse who's thumping header sent Loftus Road into raptures. I would say after being 2 down, Rangers fans everywhere would be more than happy with this outcome, but it was not finished yet...
In stoppage time, Luke Young's header forward was not dealt with by Enrique and the ball found Jamie Mackie through on goal, who finished superbly past Reina and saw scenes of celebration reminiscent of Derby away last season - it literally went beserk and people were jumping, and grabbing and hugging just about anyone they could find and manlove was certainly aplenty. I took a whack on the head, a whack in the mouth, bashed my knee and was literally strangled by Pete and another chap who sit behind me. Was it worth it??
Of course it f*cking was!!!
QPR: Kenny, Diakite, Derry, Taarabt, Traore (Taiwo 46), Barton (Mackie 62), Young, Cisse (Buzsaky 88), Ferdinand, Onuoha, Zamora. Subs: Cerny, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Wright-Phillips.
Man of the Match - we had Cisse from Sam, Diakete from Luke and California Hoop. Must also mention Paddy Kenny who showed some of last seasons form with some crucial saves. Shaun Derry got the nod from Corp, Jess and PK, with myself, Jenson and Lee going for Adel. I had first nominated Mark Hughes for the vital substitution, but with three votes each, it is effectively a tie, but using Editor's privelages, the award goes to Adel Taarabt.
In summary, it was just one of the games that made everything else worthwhile and it certainly will be an 'I was there' game that will be remembered for years to come. Much has been said of the Barton booing, which helps absolutely nothing, but in fairness, he has come out publically and said he was sh*t. But as much as I have my opinions, I just cannot be negative about a fantastic night at Loftus Road. A night that has lifted everyone and given us hope that we may just be able to survive and remain in the Premier League. Oh, and Jess, you owe me a frothy coffee!! ;)
BELIEVE and KEEP THE FAITH!!!
Come on you R'sssssssssssssssss!!!!!