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Your Report added at 14:17:16
A game of 4 quarters (and a bit) on a bitterly cold night, when for the first quarter, both teams looked as though they'd rather have stayed in a warm dressing room. But then Rs got going and managed to pass the ball to each other, rather than hitting it directly into touch. Kelly remarkably managed to do just that 3 times in the first 15 minutes.

The second half started with a period of Derby dominance, but by the fourth quarter Rs had regained the initiative and deserved the winning goal. The last 10 minutes were very nervy, and although Rs had chances to clinch the game, in truth, we were fortunate to get 3 points.

Dom Ball has really come on during the course of the season. He plays further forward now and has an important role in prompting the more skillful players ahead of him, but still breaks up play and gets in tackles. Toss up between him and Eze for MotM. The latter looked a class above everyone else on the pitch, especially when robbing Rooney and winning a free kick for the foul.

Any chance the team could practice defending corners?? Would really help.
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Your Report added at 10:50:54
Really entertaining and enjoyable in spite of the wind and rain. Once Rs got going they were much the better team. It looked as if the goals for Hugill and Eze really boosted their confidence. There were some terrific battles. BOS v Martins Indi - the latter playing really well and keeping Bright quiet until tiring late on. Hugill v Batth - although we had the obligatory easy chance blasted over, Hugs worked hard throughout and was a real handful for the Stoke defence.

But as already voted for here, MotM was Cameron. When he's fired up he's terrific, just as long as no nifty young midfielders are exposing his lack of pace.
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Your Report added at 23:08:32
Dreary! Why do we have to wait until extra time to come to life? The BBC tells me we had 18 shots and only one tested the keeper. We had 10 corners and 70+% possession, but lost and to be truthful Bristol City looked pretty composed most of the 90 minutes.

I know, understand and accept that Warbs wants to play out from the back, but we still need movement from our midfield and forwards. The triangles between Wallace, Amos + Masterson, or sometimes Hall generated no momentum, no pressure and no space to attack. Too often when Amos, Eze or Chair get the ball their first instinct is to play it back to a defender or someone in a deeper position. Yet they are all capable of hitting the killer pass or at least one which stretches the opposition defence.

Eze and BOS disappointing today. Hugill keeps battling but gets poor service, and is slow when an opportunity arrives. Hall's marking for the goal dreadful, although just possibly the wind made it difficult for him.

On a positive note we did create half chances, but do we not practice shooting first time? I thought Dom Ball was our best player - he at least showed a desire to get the ball forward and play quickly, rather than waiting until the opposition defence is set up, nine players are behind the ball and then thinking what should we do now.

Oh well there's always next season...
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Your Report added at 19:29:56
Phew! Cracking game as Rs went toe to toe with a quick passing, hard pressing talented Leeds team. The Leeds player's first touch and the speed at which they then moved the ball was phenomenal, often whisking the ball off a QPR player and tearing away before we noticed we'd lost the ball. But for all their pressure they hardly tested Kelly, penalty apart. A series of poor decisions in, not the final third, but the final sixth let them down.

Also standing in their way was a QPR defence playing as well as they have done all season. I thought Hall, Masterson + Wallace were magnificent and Kane only a little behind them. And of course we had in our two superstars, Eze and BOS, players who could threaten and get beyond their marker whenever they had a chance. Samuel got shamelessly little protection from the ref, who seemed keen to make amends for his error on the goal by giving Leeds free kicks whenever they asked. Please Sir, could we have a free kick here?

Although everyone seems to agree the goal should have been disallowed, it's a great shame if accidental, unintentional contact of ball to arm equals a free kick when you are a striker.

And surely after a couple of commanding performances from Masterson (apart from once letting Bamford get away) we should keep him at the KPF and play him regularly? His positioning was excellent, he's good in the air and he can bring the ball forward more effectively than Hall or Leistner.

Very hard to pick out one player as MotM, but I'd be inclined to give it to young Connor.
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Your Report added at 23:34:53
The first half is too painful to mention and although the second was much better I'm not sure it told us anything much, except that Masterson looks ready to play regularly. Certainly better than Cameron as CB, although did face much less pressure.

I wanted to say something about Wells and Hugill. Wells is much more mobile, has some pace and when the team is playing well he looks great. But he is too casual and inclined to make big mistakes. They don't get the attention of Lumley's mistakes as they usually (with one awful recent exception) lead to a missed opportunity rather than a goal conceded.

Hugill can be lumbering, but battles hard and his height and strength means he can hold the ball up or provide flick ons. His height is also useful in defending corners. Wells defending cost us the first goal today.

Overall Wells is probably the better player, but a front 4 off Wells, Samuel, Chair + Eze is too light weight unless we can overrun teams. Today all of our front 4 were poor except for the odd flash.

Who's worried about facing Leeds? Depends entirely which team turns up - smooth, fluid, quick passing and creative team who smashed Cardiff and Swansea. Or the feeble bunch who couldn't lay a glove on Brentford for most of the first half? Why so inconsistent?
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Your Report added at 22:48:16
Well - who saw that coming? Rs have played beautifully in patches all season but unfortunately those patches have been getting shorter and shorter. Until today, when they controlled the game for 80 minutes and even when Leistner's injury meant we had to play the last 10 minutes with 10 men we were doing ok until the last kick of the game. Sad to say Lumley should have done better with that long range shot, but today is a day to dwell on the positives - and there were many. Strangely I thought Cardiff looked a better team than Hull had done on Sunday, and their recent form has been quite good so this really was a special performance from the Rs.

Rightly Samuel and Wells will get the most praise but I'd like to single out Amos and Ball in our midfield for providing a solid base, preventing Cardiff from building any momentum, and Amos especially for prompting the attack with a good range of interceptions, passing and movement. He's taken his time after a serious injury and perhaps found adapting to the Championship difficult at first, but is now showing why he has been highly rated. Also a shout for Warbs whose decision to play Cameron at right back came out of left field (to coin a phrase). I thought he wouldn't have the pace or mobility, but his strength and height were invaluable when we had to survive Cardiff's arial assault.

Bright Osayi-Samuel is in peak form. Not just his pace, but his strength in the tackle and his balance when recovering from challenges are brilliant. Even better he's scoring goals - fabulous goals - and more often putting the ball into the right areas when crossing, i.e. where our strike force is waiting. Teams aren't able to double up on him and Eze so space appears. Long may he continue to scare full backs.
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Your Report added at 09:05:59
How predictable was that? Good first half, positive attacking play without creating enough penalty area threat, stupid gift of a goal, dreary second half, Rs never get going again and concede at the last from poor defending. And to make it feel worse Hull were poor. There have been a lot of games this season (and before) that would fit this description.

I know possession is important but knocking it between centre halves (halfs?) and a deep lying midfielder shouldn't be the main tactic. BOS had the beating of his full back but too often got the ball facing the wrong way and couldn't use his pace. Wells was ineffective and his tendency to be casual is showing itself too often. We were crying out for Hugill's strength and physicality long before he eventually came on. Even Eze was below his best and seems to have taken shooting lessons from Hugill skying high over the bar.

But good to see Amos getting better and more influential. I can only assume his substitution was because of concerns about his fitness. Smith was poor when he came on. Chair and Samuel also played well. But the footballing Gods clearly don't love us at the moment.
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Your Report added at 12:03:24
Like other games Rs start ok, then lose their way, start giving the ball away and can't adapt to changes in how the opposition are playing. But a strange game. For long periods Charlton looked very poor and Rs played well. But they made the usual quota of gross errors in their own half of the pitch and but for some excellent keeping from Lumley could have conceded 4 or 5.
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Your Report added at 10:35:52
Well, it's obvious that Warburton had been reading my tweets and started coaching the defence! Or maybe not, but that must be the best performance by our defenders for a long time. Three cheers for Lumley, Hall & Leistner, with Hall the stand-out for one superb tackle in his penalty area. But what impressed me early on was Kane's terrier-like challenges. He's looked good going forward in previous matches (ignoring WBA) but he was a proper right back here. Not quite the death of playing out from the back, but at last wiseing up to when the boot into touch or downfield is the safest option.

In spite of another great game from Eze and his two goals the Man of the Match for me was Bright Osayi-Samuel. His positioning was excellent, he worked hard to close down his opposite number and scared the wits out of the PNE defence when he ran at them. Sensible, strong, if more defensive game from Rs.
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Your Report added at 18:24:20
Is it really too much to expect experienced defenders to communicate with each other and deal with routine corners? Obviously it is, but what are the coaching staff doing? Four penalties and three reds (I think) so far this season is exceptional. And from where I sat it looked a nailed on red.

I know we had a good spell with 10 men - better than the first half with 11, and better balanced with 4 in defence and 4 in midfield until we imploded - but if we hadn't already given away a goal and a red card we wouldn't have had to chase the game and leave so many gaps.
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Your Report added at 10:43:33
Pretty poor! There were a few spells when we put together some decent moves, but we gave the ball away a huge number of times when not under any pressure. Hall's distribution was especially poor and I wondered if he wasn't completely fit. Some reports talked of Randolph making a string of good saves, but I couldn't see this. There were a couple of shots straight at him, but not much to make him break sweat. We probably shaded the game on class but 'Boro had more energy even though they were poor as well.
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Your Report added at 10:34:37
Poor, to say the least. If teams push up on our central defenders, close mark Eze (helped by playing him wide) and BOS (after a good first half he always got the ball facing the wrong way - and may also have had a knock) and get in behind Manning we never get going. If in turn we play at half speed and give the ball away more often than not we will we beaten by most teams that are aggressive on the ball and move it quickly. Brentwood much the better team.
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Your Report added at 23:26:23
Oh dear... So many things not right:
- Rs off the pace from the start and never looked comfortable
- Failed to press WBA's defence or midfield
- Too many sloppy passes, giving ball away needlessly
- Lumley's distribution even worse than usual, but partially redeemed himself with some smart saves
- Barbet cannot play with just 1 central defender alongside; 2 penalties + 1 red card the evidence
- Unusually Warburton was slow to make changes when it was clear we were being overrun and needed more beef in midfield, Chair + Eze just not robust enough against this class of opposition
- Far too often Rs lost out in 1:1 challenges; WBA pressed + tackled much better; the team need intensive sessions on how to tackle/resist challenges
- Ref was awful - 21:10 foul count bizarre in a clean game; Rs got almost nothing from him, although when we did win a decision we usually wasted it
- Albion were good without being over-impressive; look certs for promotion
- Perhaps this defeat is helpful to bring us back down to earth after that winning run - but there's still a lot of potential in this team
- Best players today were Leistner + Chair
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Your Report added at 23:22:03
As everyone will realise that was a superb first half and Eze seemed almost unplayable. Then 2 things happened: Rs got over-confident + sloppy (yes, you Joe Lumley, but there were others) and in the second half the Hatters stopped giving us so much room + showed some aggression. Oh and Hugill thought he was playing rugby and kept kicking 3 points - wrong game.

One other thought: Barbet/Manning on the left of defence are not convincing. Second Luton goal came from that area and there'd been a scare in the same area minutes before.

But some of the first half passing and movement is the best I've seen from the Rs for a long time.

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Your Report added at 20:51:35
Game of 2 halves. Poor in the first 45, dominant in the second. As a result player ratings difficult to judge - depends which half you count. Thought Lumley might have done better for Wigan goal and Barbet was esp poor in first half so putting Leistner on was an excellent substitution. One of the great strengths of Warbs, so far, is his use of subs.

But in the second half Eze and esp Chair were brilliant, well, very good at least. So in spite of not playing as well as they did on Wednesday an excellent 3 points.



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Your Report added at 17:04:39
A good match. In spite of conceding 3 goals there were signs of promise in Rs performance. They attacked with pace, managed some crisp first-time passing, pressed and showed some good movement. The problem was Swansea did most of this better than us, esp pressing. They robbed our players several times, or maybe we gave the ball away or were out-muscled. They got away with a few fouls but generally pressed and tackled well. And they finished. We created a number of openings but often failed to hit the target.
Warbs made good positive substitutions although in retrospect it would have been good to bring on Chair when Amos was injured and move Smith back. Chair has looked very good in his sub appearances this season and must be due a starting place.
If we can stop giving away silly goals and improve our shooting the season should improve considerably. And then again I've watched Rangers long enough to know that hope isn't usually enough.
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Your Report added at 18:02:24
Well, how inevitable was that? Rs definitely deserved a draw and arguably, esp in the first half, were the better team. I thought Furlong was outstanding at the back and if only our passing and crossing in the final third had been better we could have comfortably won.

But, of course, the ref was bound to give a 'homer' penalty if he could. After all it is Frank Lampard's Derby. And then Joe's gaffe at the end was the icing on the cake... Or not - think that's the wrong metaphor. But we all want to see the youngsters play and if they do they will make dumb decisions from time to time.

But hats off to the team today. They were organised, knew what they were doing, pressed and tackled well. Why, oh why, can't they do it more consistently?
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Your Report added at 15:55:18
Oh well. We all knew Swansea was a false dawn. But why, when getting in Swansea's faces from the kick off clearly works doing we play today as if we're too busy slapping on the sun lotion in the Easter sunshine?

I don't believe the players don't care - I know that does take a huge leap of faith sometimes, but I do think they care.

Is it the failure of the manager to prepare them properly? But if so what did he do so spectacularly different last week? Or is there a malaise at the club, a dysfunction, that distracts too many and uses up too much mental energy so nothing is left for Saturday?

I know Blackburn looked better organised than Swansea, but Swansea have a better record.

Probably we were just lucky against the Swans.

And did no one think it might be worth marking Armstrong or giving poor Manning summer help? Aaarrghhh!!
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Your Report added at 19:01:38
Oh well. We all knew Swansea was a false dawn. But why, when getting in Swansea's faces from the kick off clearly works doing we play today as if we're too busy slapping on the sun lotion in the Easter sunshine?

I don't believe the players don't care - I know that does take a huge leap of faith sometimes, but I do think they care.

Is it the failure of the manager to prepare them properly? But if so what did he do so spectacularly different last week? Or is there a malaise at the club, a dysfunction, that distracts too many and uses up too much mental energy so nothing is left for Saturday?

I know Blackburn looked better organised than Swansea, but Swansea have a better record.

Probably we were just lucky against the Swans.

And did no one think it might be worth marking Armstrong or giving poor Manning summer help? Aaarrghhh!!
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Your Report added at 17:40:12
Only conceding one goal in the second half to 10 men felt like a success! After 12 mins thought we were looking at repeat of the 7 we conceded at WBA.
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