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Lessons learned? - Preview
at 12:28:08

Thanks for your preview.

I agree it looks like we are on the right road, but this being QPR...

Despite Fulham's recent slip up at Coventry I can't see them making this one easy.
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Electric August gives way to September doubts - Interview
at 11:57:25

Thanks to Konk and Sam.

It's been a while since our relegation from the Premier League, so a lot of us have forgotten some of the problems we had when we were there. On paper Norwich, Fulham and West Brom seem to have negotiated the transition between the two divisions fairly well, but maybe the reality of being a yo-yo club just isn't that great, despite the financial rewards.
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Take your time lads - Preview
at 12:06:44

Thanks for your preview.

Yes, games can be rendered unwatchable by the true masters of the dark arts. If the refs did start carding time wasting they would all have to do it together for it to work.

The Championship throws up a different type of challenge every week. Let's see if we've learnt how to deal with this one.
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Alarming start, promising recovery - Interview
at 11:45:41

Thanks to Josh.

Preston have been a Championship stalwart team, so some of the recent troubles feel a bit unusual. I thought Alex Neil did a good job a Norwich - managing Preston was a more difficult task because of more limited resources. It looks like McAvoy has steadied the ship by tightening up the defence since the beginning of the season.
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Chair's redemption double dose gets QPR back on the horse - Report
at 16:59:28

Thanks for your report.

In the end a comfortable win, but as you said it could have turned out very differently if Birmingham had got a goal and then tried to bring the game to a grinding halt. In the end Birmingham didn't look that great, but we still had to win the game. Surely it would be better for Birmingham to bring on Deeney in the second half if he can't play a whole 90 minutes?

I notice that Chair is now shooting across the keeper and to the far post more often (he always used to go for the near post). This is more sensible as there is more of a chance for somebody else to get a goal from a rebound.

There is a still a big question mark over Dozzell. OK, he doesn't give the ball away, but then he doesn't do much in the way of effective forward passing either. Johansen is always looking for a forward pass if possible. I am hoping that Dozzell's creative passing improves when he gets a run in the team. Wasn't picking forward passes supposed to be his forte?
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Beneath the surface - Preview
at 18:31:34

Thanks for your preview.

It would be ironic if raised expectations prove harder to handle than the regular defeats (especially against London sides) that we got used to in recent seasons.

We'll have to see what happens with injuries. We have signed some older players so I guess that could catch up with us.
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Glaring errors cost QPR third straight 2-1 loss - Report
at 17:56:08

Thanks for your report.

Another choker after hanging on for dear life for much of the game. It seems harsh to pick on Dieng or Chair as they have been vital players for us this season and last.

This was one of those games that made me wonder what it was exactly that I was seeing. Exactly as you describe the long balls kept on coming back at us. Were we playing like this out of necessity or by design?
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The good, the bad and the bore draws - Interview
at 16:55:00

Thanks to Matthew.

It sounds like Bowyer has done a good job of picking up the pieces, although Birmingham seem to be one of those clubs that as soon as the pieces get put together, something comes along to pull everything apart again.
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Marsh's glorious hat trick makes it an unhappy return for Kelly - History
at 16:07:27

Great stuff, thanks.

Marsh was from before my time, but that film from 1970 really shows his brilliance.
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Aesthetic interpretation - Preview
at 19:46:38

Thanks for your preview.

I was on the opposite side of the great Barnsley debate...I found Val-Bal pretty indigestible. Our team found it hard to handle. It should be an interesting game because West Brom won't sit back like Bristol City did.
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Cracks starting to appear in Baggies' unbeaten start - Interview
at 19:03:43

Thanks to Matt.

How different things look from the outside and the inside. Matt points out the problems with Val-Ball, but we really struggled with it last season against Barnsley. It remains to be seen if it can be successfully grafted on to a side like West Brom. Glad to hear Phillips is doing well - I was never sure why so many QPR fans disliked him.
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Rolling back the years - Preview
at 18:45:03

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Whatever Everton's squad problems Benítez has (or used to have) a reputation as a specialist in elimination football, even if fifteen years ago Jorge Valdano warned that Benítez and Mourinho's defensive approach was going to ruin the game.
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Defeat in first big test knocks Benitez’s promising start – Interview
at 18:15:43

Thanks to John.

'Obsessed with the big names'. Sounds like us when we were in the Premiership. You need quality players but you have to find an alternative to the big names, who often don't deliver. Everton seem a club always hoping to step up a level but never quite sure how to do it.
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City's smash and grab sucker punch stuns QPR - Report
at 23:22:33

Thanks for your report.

I think you've pretty much said it all. The result is all the more galling as this game looked like our home banker for this week, but you did warn in your preview that City would have been above us in the table but for a couple of last minute goals earlier in the season.

We did a lot of attacking, but at one point in the game I wondered to myself if we were doing an Arsenal and playing around the edge of the opposition box. After all that our goal didn't come from any of our attacking players or normal build up play but from a rebound hit by McCallum.

In retrospect the turning point was Dykes' miss after some intricate passing in the box by Chair and Willock. It would have been a brilliant goal if it had come off. I think Dykes tried to place rather than blast it and ended up placing it straight into the hands of the keeper.

Keep up the good work!
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Pivotal week eight - Preview
at 11:30:31

Thanks for your preview.

City's travails last season were a bit unexpected as they were considered Championship regulars but it sounds like things eventually stagnated under Lee Johnson.

On paper this looks a good fixture to get us back on track after defeat at Bournemouth, but that's a useful warning about Bristol City being above us if they'd managed to see out those games against Blackpool and Luton. It's also a warning that they have beaten Cardiff and Reading away this season.
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Pearson progress in evidence, but home woes continue - Interview
at 23:25:41

Thanks to Dave.

JohnMcCo makes a good point. How did City get into this state, when they looked strong until relatively recently? Did someone forget to put the oil in a well-oiled machine? Also strange that a side with Nahki Wells in it has had trouble scoring (although Wells can be a slow starter in a new team).
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Booed off after a win – History
at 23:15:25

Thanks.

Quite apart from Paul Hart, that 0-3 home defeat to Bristol City in 2018 under McClaren was another real low.
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QPR's latest comeback falls just short at Bournemouth - Report
at 14:35:02

Thanks for your report.

That's an interesting theory that we don't really get going until we get behind and then have to up the tempo. I don't think our attack has looked that effective against either Reading or Bournemouth. In terms of supplying the forwards the form and creativity of Chair and Willock is a major factor, and if the chemistry is not quite right, or we get snuffed out by teams that sit deep, then we struggle.

Dickie gets a pass for his mistake as he has already saved us a couple of times this season. This is one of the risks of playing it out from the back. Jaidon Anthony was a handful all night and we didn't deal with him particularly well. Bournemouth's second goal bore an uncomfortable resemblance to Reading's second goal on Saturday.

I really noticed Stroud's influence (or lack of) with the Willock incident. If Stroud had been in control of the game Willock (who must be pretty used to being fouled) would not have decided to take matters in his own hands and lashed out.
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Game of the night - Preview
at 14:34:11

Thanks for your preview.

Yes, things have turned around since last season. Bournemouth still have their parachute payments, yet in terms of results, QPR and Bournemouth are next to each other in the table and neither team has been beaten on the road.

We looked under par at Reading. A lot depends on whether a) we can hang on in defence the way we did before the Reading game and 2) we can tap into that creativity that Willock and Chair are capable of.
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Parker enjoying unbeaten start to Bournemouth life - Interview
at 12:22:56

Thanks to Steve.

I guess last season was always going to feel like failure when the other two relegated sides got promoted. Perhaps the key is recognising that promotion and relegation between the Premiership and the Championship is an inevitability and keeping as much as continuity as you can. That's what Norwich are doing.
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