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Sunday, January 06, 2013

The Irony of the FA Cup

QPR 1-1 West Brom

The irony being that an injury time goal from injury prone, Kieron Dyer, kept QPR in the hat for today's fourth round draw, following a 1-1 draw with West Brom, in what was a 'Dyer' game at Loftus Road yesterday. Did you see what I did there... ;)

With it being only myself and Jenson from the gang that attended yesterdays game, I feel it's high time I had a rant - Obviously not learning their lesson from last season, this game was priced at £25 for adults, £20 for concessions and £10 for under 16's. Have the club learned  nothing from, over pricing the Chelsea cup tie last year? Obviously not. £25 was too much for many and the attendance of just short of 9,000 was testament to that. I appreciate that the structure is different for the FA Cup and that both clubs have to agree, but surely, 10-15 pounds a seat and maybe a kids free offer would have put bums on seats and filled the stadium, of which food, drink and club shop sales would surely have benefitted? As it was, most kiosks were closed so the few that did turn up, faced long queues. Another PR disaster from the club that's for sure and I am also sure it won't be the last.... anyway, rant over.

Onto the game, which as already mentioned as wasn't much of one at all and little reward for the fans that did make the game. To be honest, both sides looked tired and like the FA Cup was hardly high on their priority lists. Being refereed by Mark Clattenburg hardly helped either.

But with 12 minutes to go, it looked as though an FA Cup run was over as Shane Long put the Baggies ahead with a shot deflecting in off Nedum Onuoha, wrong footing Cesar. But the R's kept going and with virtually the last kick off the game, Bothroyd found Dyer on the left hand side who finished coolly into the bottom corner to set up a replay at the Hawthorns.

Queens Park Rangers

  • 33 Julio Cesar
  • 06 Hill
  • 17 Nelsen (Onuoha - 71' )
  • 21 Ben-Haim
  • 07 Park Ji-sung
  • 10 Taarabt
  • 14 Granero (Bothroyd - 46' )
  • 18 Dyer
  • 40 M'bia
  • 12 Mackie
  • 39 Campbell


  • 01 Green
  • 05 Ferdinand
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 04 Derry
  • 32 Faurlin
  • 09 Cisse
  • 37 Bothroyd
Man of the Match - unanimous despite only myself and Jenson voting - Adel Taarabt

Well, to summarise, it was probably a case of this game being an After the Lord Mayor's Show affair after the stunning victory at the Bridge. Plenty of positives though as we didn't give up the ghost, Ben Haim had a half decent debut and Adel Taarabt looked head and shoulders above anyone on the pitch at times, it just was one of those days... and of course, we are still unbeaten in 2013.

As mentioned, we were of course in the hat for the 4th Round draw and if we beat WBA at the Hawthorns, then it's a home tie versus Sheffield Wednesday or MK Dons.

Lee will return on Saturday as we entertain the very much in form Tottenham Hotspur at Loftus Road. But until then...

Keep the Faith and Come on you R'ssssssssssssssssssss!!!!


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