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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Bah Humbug...

QPR 0-1 Leicester

Rangers were beaten at home for the first time in the League this season by fellow high flyers, Leicester City, in a game where we have witnessed probably the worst referee I have ever seen - Paul Tierney.

Myself and Lee have done a swap this week so unfortunately, you have to put up with my drivel again for this one..

With this game being moved to the early game for the Sky cameras, being the last shopping weekend before Christmas, I decided to make an early start with the anticipated heavy traffic. But low and behold, the roads couldn't have been any clearer and I arrived at 10am, followed by Jenson moments later. As it was early, we went to the Springbok for a couple of pints and were joined by Sam, Luke, Trev and son, Travis. We later joined Lee, PK, Jointy and Lorna in the ground as kick off approached, with most of us in a positive mood.

Rangers started very well and O'Neill and Kranjcar brought saves from Schmeichel in the Foxes goal. Shortly after, the Loftus Road squirrel made a return to much amusement to all watching, also bringing out a 'One Luis Suarez' chant from the R's contingent. Quitre unbelievably, this held up the game for about 5 minutes with the officials not knowing what or how to deal with it, which laid the platform for the rest of the match as far as the referee was concerned. It eventually scurried away as a couple of players from each side chased him away..

Rangers continued their dominance and were unlucky not to be in front when Kranjcar's lob was cleared off the line by Moore. But on 41 minutes and against the run of play, the visitors took the lead when Nugent's flick on was brought down by Vardy, with a strong use of his arm, before he smashed a cool finish into the net. Of course, neither ref nor linesman saw it and Vardy chose to celebrate freely in front of the Loft.

At half time we were all quite bemused about just how we were behind, but were also concerned that we have to be taking these chances. For those who watch the X Factor, finalist, Hannah Barrett was amongst the faithful on the concourse at half time, happily chatting and having photos taken - apparently, is an Arsenal fan who was with friends trying to convert her...

The second half saw Rangers having plenty of possession but struggling to break down a well marshalled Leicester defence, this along with a referee making some baffling and head scratching decisions that were frustrating the home support. Even more so on 63 minutes, when Matty Phillips turned in the box to be caught by Liam Moore before going to ground. With his performance so far, it was no real surprise that neither the referee nor his assistant saw this one. Charlie Austin shot wide on 65 minutes and the more the game was going on, the more it looked like it just wasn't going to be our day.

Leicester nearly doubled the lead on 78 minutes when James's powerful effort was deflected onto the crossbar with some venom. But Rangers job was about to get harder still with 6 minutes to go - the customary Joey Barton yellow card came after a foul on Taylor-Fletcher, but very quickly turned to a red when Joey kicked the ball at the same player. Extremely silly from Barton and some may quickly say this may well have cost Rangers a point at least, but it would unfair to be to harsh at this time following the excellent season the midfielder is having.

As the clock ticked away, the referee didn't feel Yossi Benayoun being smashed in the face was worthy of a late penalty and Leicester held on for their 3 points.

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 02 Simpson
  • 39 Assou-Ekotto
  • 36 O'Neil  (Hoilett - 45' )
  • 05 Dunne
  • 06 Hill
  • 07 Phillips
  • 17 Barton
  • 09 Austin
  • 10 Carroll (Benayoun - 69' )
  • 19 Kranjcar


  • 03 Traore
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 16 Jenas
  • 20 Henry
  • 23 Hoilett
  • 26 Murphy
  • 35 Benayoun
Man of the Match

Clint Hill was singled out by PK and Trev, Richard Dunne was Jointy's choice but with a resounding 6 votes from the rest of us, today's award goes to Niko Krancjar

In summary, there is no doubt that this was an extremely frustrating afternoon for R's fans and as mentioned, this set of officials were certainly the worst seen this season, including decisions to award a free kick when a player falls over his own feet and not even talking to a player that kicked Kranjcar two feet up in the air. No doubt with a performance like this, Mr Tierney will be promoted to referee a Premier League game next week!

Credit to Leicester, who had a game plan and executed it well with some superb defending. A classic smash and grab away performance. But if I am to criticise anyone, it would be the people who control the tannoy system at the Stadium and following the many frustrations seen in front of us, with a poor referee blowing the whilstle on our first home league defeat, belting out Slade's - Merry Christmas Everybody would not have been my first choice of song - At this particular moment in time, I don't suppose Rangers fans cared too much about hanging their stockings on the wall etc...

Lee will return on Boxing Day to review the Forest game but, on behalf of myself and Lee and everyone connected with Lofty Heights, we wish you all a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!

Come on you R'sssssssssssss!!!


  • At 1:12 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Too funny never any use of the arm, you lot couldnt finish in a brothel
    Enjoy 3rd place this year and fail in the play offs

  • At 4:29 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sour grapes. Strange no-one else has mentioned Vardy using his arm. Sky didnt notice it, obviously R's fans are blessed with extraordinary vision. Up the City.

  • At 6:05 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Entertaining & suitably biased piece!
    Despite viewing the goal many times there's no evidence of Vardy handling it & I'm not sure benyoun running into the Polish tank was being 'smashed in the face'... It's strange how we see things differently...
    It was a classic away win & professional performance from City.
    A more than decent performance from the r's and perhaps against a less prepared team could have had a few goals.

  • At 8:21 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Leicester did deserve their win, we(QPR,)dominated play and looked the more accomplished side apart from up front, but they took one out of two chances while we failed to take any of ours. However its always strange how its never a penalty against your own team, but always a penalty for you. A decent referee would have awarded at least one penalty and 1-1 would have been a fair result. Two good teams on the day.

  • At 8:42 pm, Blogger JefRowHoop said…

    I'm a Hoops fan , watched on Sky in Bristol and have to say , Leicester scored a good goal, Philips pen shout decision was correct and banton weight Benayoun ran into defenders back - not a pen.
    It was a tight game and fair play to the Crisp Munchers taking the points. Let's see where we both are in the table end of Jan?!

  • At 9:32 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    cheers for the comments guys,

    as always with football, its all about opinion and we just say what we say and feel at the time. We know we are not going to please everyone and we don't try too. It is great to see how people see things differently and share their opinions, we love that. Even if people choose to throw in cheap insults, it shows us that people care and love their teams.

    I gave credit Leicester on their performance and stand by that, fair play to them :)

  • At 10:13 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Generous comments from the hoop's fans in defeat.
    OPR did dominate territory and possession, however city did what they came to do, defend robustly and hit em on the break.
    The home team huffed and puffed but without any real end product... Kasper helped too...
    The referee did seem out of his depth & and the city fans with chanting 'you don't know what yer doing' a couple of times.
    very good game played by couple of very good sides.

  • At 7:19 am, Blogger JefRowHoop said…

    Thanks for making the effort to bring us detailed and humorous reports LOFTY.
    I enjoy them every week and you're spot on 95% Of the time. Well done and Merry Christmas to you.

  • At 11:06 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Anyone else think ONeil should have gone for his shocking first half tackle? Left the ground therefore out of control and should have been red. I am a QPR fan of 40 years so no bias from me on that. Saw nothing from Leicester to say they would not finish bottom of the prem if they have the legs to last the pace and even get there. Decent away performance? Do they serve that crap up in the KP each week? City won because QPR couldn't finish. Cracking goal from Vardey though.

  • At 2:54 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Maybe it is time to try 3-5-2 :

    -----------Ned Dunne Hill----------
    Simpson Barton Carroll Kranjcar BAE
    -------------Austin AJ-------------


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