Rangers Fail to Deflect Away Record...
Everton 3-1 QPR
QPR's wretched away from continued, this time at Goodison Park where Everton ran out 3-1 winners, leaving the R's now the ONLY team in England without an away point..
With the SKY cameras choosing this one for a Monday night fixture, it was always going to be a tall order getting to this one, or indeed, wanting too, so close to Christmas and the expense that comes with it. So instead of a stream, it was a night in front of the TV. Well, for me, the laptop as the other half chose to watch the Bette Midler thing on ITV, so on a personal note, it was double the pain having to listen to that and watch the R's get beaten on the road once more.
To be fair, this one wasn't as bad as the scoreline may suggest and Rangers were well in this game in the early stages - Matt Phillips went close from the edge of the area latching onto Baines's clearance.
But with the home fans starting to get edgy, Everton went and took the lead when Ross Barkley picked up the ball in his own half, played a neat one two with Lukaku, before carrying on his run before lashing the ball into the top left corner. The ball did take a slight deflection off Isla but it only helped it on it's way and Green was never going to stop it - a great goal.
It was 2-0 shortly before half time and when your lucks out, your luck is most definitely out - a free kick on the edge of the box from Mirallas, deflected off the jumping Vargas, wrong footing Rob Green and then into the net.
It was hoped Rangers would make more of a fight of things in the second half but on 53 minutes, if it wasn't already, it was game over - a poor clearance from Green ended up with Mirallas finding McGeady, who crossed for the unmarked Naismith to head home, despite the best efforts of Richard Dunne on the goal line.
Rangers did then have a real go and there was a glimmer of hope on 80 minutes when Mutch saw his effort palmed out by Howard, only into the path of Bobby Zamora who tapped the ball home.
But hope was all it turned out to be and it could have been worse late on when Etoo hit the post for the home side in stoppage time..
Queens Park Rangers
- 01 Green
- 14 Isla
- 22 Dunne
- 15 Onuoha
- 13 Yun Suk-young
- 07 Phillips (Zamora - 59' )
- 17 Mutch Booked
- 08 Barton
- 10 Fer (Kranjcar - 77' )
- 23 Hoilett
- 24 Vargas
- 05 Ferdinand
- 06 Hill
- 11 Wright-Phillips
- 12 McCarthy
- 19 Kranjcar
- 20 Henry
- 25 Zamora
As mentioned, this wasn't as bad as the scoreline suggested and the R's in spells played some decent football. But the longer this away record goes on, the worse it will get as the pressure will continue to mount..
We will be back at the weekend as Lee will review the vital HOME game with WBA..
Keep the Faith and Come on you R'sssssss!!