Middlesbrough 1-3 QPR
Rangers finally got that little bit of luck that has been deserting them all season, which saw them snatch a very late victory in injury time at the Riverside yesterday...
As mentioned the other night, it was a collective decision from us all not to make the long ol poke up to the North East for this one, with very much a case of a been there, done that scenario for us. The gutless lay down and die showing in Sheffield did nothing but enhance the decision, but little did anyone know what was going to unfold before us..
Well, what usually happens when work find out I am not attending a game, is that I am often dragged in, which was the case yesterday, but I was home just before 3 to hopefully find a stream and sit and watch the game.
Rangers actually started well and Barton tested keeper, Konstantopoulos ( who from now will be referred to as the home keeper), who parried his powerful effort into the path of Carroll who saw his effort saved by the feet of the home keeper. Shortly after, Butterfield brought a decent save out of the returning Rob Green, but could have done a bit better minutes later as Boro took the lead - Friend forced his way into the box, got a fortunate ricochet of Barton before firing low, the ball squirming from Green's hands, he tried to scoop the ball out but it was already over the line and helped on it's way by Adomah.
Rangers looked completely out of sorts at this point and Boro were dominating and Whitehead's effort was deflected over before Friend again tried his luck at Rob Green. But shortly before the break, Rangers stepped it up a bit and Morrison saw his 20 yard effort tipped over by the home keeper. The resulting corner saw the ball fall to Benayoun who completely skied his effort some way over from close range.
But just before the break, he redeemed himself and brought Rangers level - great work from Morrison on the left, set up Kranjcar who's effort deflected into the path of Benayoun who fired high into the net for his first QPR goal.
Onto the second half and after Adomah's effort was comfortably saved by Green, it looked then if anyone was going to win the game it would be Rangers. Morrison and Kamara got involved in a bit of pushing and shoving following a late tackle from the on loan Rangers man. Both received a yellow card - as did Joey Barton for being there and for being Joey Barton, much to the delight of the home crowd.
Hoilett tested the home keeper and Morrison's superb individual effort flew just wide as the game was petering out towards a point apiece. In stoppage time, George Friend sent a powerful effort inches wide from the edge of the box and Boro could smell a late winner.
Rangers then managed to clear their lines but as Omeruo sent his pass back towards the home keeper, the ball bobbled and the home keeper took an air shot - Bobby Zamora had continued to chase the ball down and got his reward , taking control of the loose ball, taking a couple of touches before tapping into the empty net. He stood there, arms aloft and looking amazed before heading to the away end to celebrate. I can only imagine the bedlam amongst the R's faithful!!
But the late drama wasn't over - a long ball was flicked on by that man Zamora, into the path of Morrison who advanced forward, cut to the edge of the box to finish brilliantly with his left foot to make the points safe for the R's and grab his 5th goal in 7 games.
Queens Park Rangers
- 01 Green
- 18 Hughes
- 13 Yun
- 17 Barton Booked
- 15 Onuoha
- 06 Hill
- 35 Benayoun (O'Neil - 76' Booked )
- 10 Carroll Booked
- 12 Keane (Zamora - 64' )
- 04 Morrison Booked
- 19 Kranjcar Booked (Hoilett - 61' )
- 02 Simpson
- 23 Hoilett
- 25 Zamora
- 26 Murphy
- 36 O'Neil
- 38 Donaldson
- 42 Petrasso
Happily the texts started to come in shortly after the final whistle. Lee and Jenson picked out the impressive Yun Suk-Young at left back, Jess and Luke went for Zamora, Luke didn't see the game but gave his award for late goal, which was much the same for Jess's award. Sam didn't see the game and myself, voted for another commanding display and a superb goal for Ravel Morrison. Which leaves a tie and an Editor's choice to make for myself... and I will go against my original vote and give it to our newly found Super Sub - Bobby Zamora!
In summary, Rangers deserved their victory for a decent second half performance although be it in bizarre circumstances. But as mentioned, it was nice to see the R's finally get that bit of luck that turned a good performance into the win they deserved. Maybe, just maybe this will be the kick start to a commanding run in of which now we have a home game double header.
Lee will return in the week as the R's take on Wigan on Tuesday evening...
Come on you R'ssssssssss!!