Woeful QPR make it easy Four Spurs...
Tottenham 4-0 QPR
If last weeks result wasn't a big enough welcome back to the Premier League, it was today as Rangers were well and truly dicked at White Hart Lane this afternoon..
Proceedings started well enough as a depleted gang of Jenson, Sam and Luke picked me up amongst the bikers at the Ace Café shortly after 10.30 and we made the short trip over to North London, with PK, Lee and Jess missing out today for various reasons. After a very pleasant catch up at a local café, we went into the ground at about 12.30 and the first disappointment of the day came with the news that Charlie Austin would miss out due to a hamstring injury. But with Isla and Fer making their debuts, surely it would be enough to give the home side a good run for their money?? Especially with Harry Redknapp adnd Glenn Hoddle returning to White Hart Lane..
Onto the game and it was a very sloppy start from Rangers and after Traore lost possession, Lamela forced a comfortable save from Green. Adebayor headed just over moments later following a succession of early Spurs corners.
The goal was coming and it did so on 12 minutes, when Remy lost the ball to Bentaleb, who freed Adebayor on the right who crossed to the far post, finding Chadli unmarked and who had time to chest the ball down before poking it past Rob Green.
Rangers forced a corner soon after but after Barton's delivery was punched clear, Spurs broke with lightning pace and Adebayor brought Green into action once more - all this from a Rangers corner!!
Against the run of play, Rangers should have been level when Joey Barton found Matt Phillips with a superb lofted pass, Phillips turned his man and rather than put his foot through the ball and into the net, went for a delicate chip which flew high and harmlessly over the bar.
It was then back to Spurs and after Lamela was caught by Ferdinand outside the box, Eriksen smashed a superb free kick against the Rangers bar. Moments later, Spurs forced a corner following a big shout for a handball. Lamela's delivery was met by Dier at the near post who got in front of Fer before heading home - 2-0 after 30 minutes and 7 minutes later it was three - pundits will pick out that this was a 48 pass move from Spurs and yes, it was but Rangers were more than guilty of not pressing the ball or closing Spurs down in this time and we were duly punished - Lamela skipped his way into the box before chipping in for Chadli, unmarked to make no mistake and if he had of missed it, Adebayor was laying in waiting, again, unmarked.
We at this point wanted to join the hundreds of R's fans heading for the exits but feared we may well be blocked in the car park, so stuck it out we did.
The second half was marginally better as Rangers replaced Dunne, who's lack of pace was certainly targeted by Spurs in the first half, with Onouha. But the first half deficiencies were still on view and we were giving Spurs far too much time and space on the ball and it was 4-0 on 65 minutes - Danny Rose broke with pace down the left before centering for the again, unmarked Adebayor to slot the ball home.
Tottenham now took their foot off the gas a little and Rangers slowly got back into the game and indeed, created a few chances to record our first goal of the season. Caulker shot tamely at Lloris and Bobby Zamora should have done better than side footing his effort over the bar. Loic Remy's fierce effort was deflected and from the resulting corner, Caulker headed wide when he really should have scored. But by this time, we were long gone and on our way home from the car park that we could have easily got out of had we had left at half time.. typical!!
Queens Park Rangers
- 01 Green
- 04 Caulker
- 22 Dunne (Onuoha - 45' )
- 05 Ferdinand
- 08 Barton
- 03 Traore
- 17 Mutch
- 14 Isla
- 10 Fer Booked (Faurlin - 68' )
- 19 Remy
- 07 Phillips (Zamora - 74' )
- 02 Simpson
- 11 Wright-Phillips
- 15 Onuoha
- 18 Faurlin
- 21 Murphy
- 23 Hoilett
- 25 Zamora
Away Day Pie Rating
Just myself and Jenson providing the expert analysis, both having the Balti and both enjoyed. Jenson commented that there was perhaps not enough sauce in the filling and awarded an 8.5. I was slightly more generous, and the slight dryness dropped half a mark for a 9.5 from me. However, the indigestion I suffered throughout the first half, led to me taking another mark off for a final result of 8.5, although matters on the pitch may have been the cause of that?? Giving the Tottenham pies a rating of 8.5/10
Well on the journey home it is safe to say that we were all very disappointed in the Rangers showing and we simply just let Spurs play and didn't get in their faces at all. This division is ruthless and if we give any team the time and space to play like we did today, we will get punished and we certainly did! It is obvious that this team is still gelling etc, but to play Leroy Fer today after just 3 days with the club was baffling to say the least.
Myself and Jenson are off to Burton midweek for the League Cup game and I will return with my review of that one but in the meantime, Keep the Faith and Come on you R'sssssss!!