Despite the result a marvelous away day in the sunshine. My sister lives down in Bournemouth (right next to the ground until recently) so we know the area well and had a nice few drinks in a beer garden all afternoon.
Quite bizarre trying to get into the ground with metal scanners, long queues and several security checks, not sure what they were expecting. We got to the ground about 720 and only just made kick off
Team started really well dominating the game but that daft Dickie mistake changed the game in their favour, personally though Deing should have come out and made it more difficult for Anthony.
Second goal was really poor defending. Kakay had been dragged out of position and was in midfield so the defence were all shifting over to cover and that opened up as space. You could see the goal coming
That said Bournemouth were quite impressive at times, good when pressing and some real pace and power in the team as well as being a nasty team to play against. They should have scored at least 2 more before we got one back
Not sure if it came across on tv but first half a ball boy refused to throw the ball back to one of our players, not sure if they were doing a Warnock (it was quite early in the game so seemed odd) or if the bloke just couldn’t be arsed but to the stewards credit they moved him away to a different part of the pitch.
One thing I’ve noticed all season in the first half is despite controlling games and getting in good positions we create nothing so the lone striker tends to get a lot of stick, Dykes turn last night feeding off scraps and getting criticised similar to Austin in recent games..
We are also still a very nice team allowing them to run with the ball at us with no tackle whilst they were very quick to make foul and stop momentum. Bournemouth were a noticeably better side than anyone we’ve played so far, that step up was a bit too much for some of our players. I thought Kakay and Ball in particular really struggled at times.
The atmosphere even at 2-0 was still really good although I thought some fans got a bit too obsessed with Gary Cahill second half.
We seemed to make a few small tactical changes second half with Johansson playing deeper and that worked well, he was able to get the ball off the back 3 and get us forward a lot quicker. Adomah coming on gave us a good threat going forward, was a shame Austin was unavailable, think he’d have been a good option off the bench
I thought we played some really good stuff in the last half an hour, really unlucky not to equalise, if that bloody Smurf has actually added on injury time for the time wasting we might have got level, even at the end as Ball was about to put a cross in he blew up, couldn’t bloody wait. I can’t stand Stroud, he was crap all game in fairness to both sides rather than being biased just incompetent.
At the end the fans gave the team a great ovation, I think the general feeling was of pride for how hard they fought for the club last night, we can improve and I do feel a bit more confident about our chances after last night despite the defeat. Bournemouth looked a good side especially the left back going forward.
Bit of a daft incident at the end when a kid ran on the pitch to get Alberts shirt, stewards made a gap to let him get back to his Dad and a female steward grabbed him and started dragging him away, was really over the top and caused QPR fans to grab the kid and pull him away from her causing almighty rows and anger between the police & stewards. Have to say the police did well to move her away from the situation and try and calm people down but was really piss poor and unnecessary,
We ended up heading back to the hotel for a few drinks before finding the bar shut at 10, made our way to a different hotel where after ordering a few at last orders they ended up hoovering around our table with some no so subtle hints we should leave. Upon arriving back at our hotel the bloody doors were locked but luckily a few people were drinking cans in the bar and let us in. There was probably a button to press to let us in but was too pissed to find it.
The morning/afternoon after I'm feeling quite positive about the team, lots we can and have to improve on but there is so much to like about this team
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Refreshingly honest interview with Austin on his own performance and how vital that first goal was to him. Thought he showed at the weekend despite having a poor game he will always get chances and will always score goals. The movement for the equaliser was superb
We've all been through a lot these past 18 months. Some of us have lost friends or family members, some have lost jobs and the effect on everyone's mental health has been massive but tomorrow we get the chance to go back to doing what we love.
A chance to meet with friends & family in Shepherds Bush have a drink or something to eat, chat and laugh together before going to watch a football match together, remembering those who won't be there and feeling thankful that we will be, such a simple thing to go to QPR that we all took for granted but something we've all missed so much and something we should cherish.
So to celebrate what will be a special day regardless of the result I have put together a video celebrating some great memories, great players and goals plus celebrating our current heroes and most importantly the fans.
It's been such a long time since I was last at a QPR game and like everyone else have been desperate to get back for some time. When the day came yesterday I was less giddy than I expected but it turned into an incredible day.
I went with my 12 year old Son and got to the ground at around 2pm to try and soak up the atmosphere. We used the digital tickets which was actually very simple and straightforward, they have changed the turnstiles in the lower Loft so it's now a screen you scan your tickets against. I'm not sure if anyone had problems but I found it a doddle.
The covid restrictions were limited, they had hand washing stations and some wore masks some didn't but didn't see anyone getting stick for wearing or not wearing a mask, all seemed quite good on that score.
Had a few cold beers in the Blue and White Bar where the new staff were being trained and were struggling to use tills and understand orders so hopefully that is sorted out before the season starts. Once in our seat it all felt quite surreal, like I'd never really been away but seeing so many familiar faces around me was heartwarming.
Stefan Johanssen was brought onto the pitch to a great welcome from the crowd and the stadium began to fill up. Looked a good crowd around 10/11,000 although not sure how busy upper loft was the other stands looked reasonably full. The roar when the teams came out was great. We had a 20 something year old Man Utd fan behind us at his first ever game, a typically cocky know it all very loud and obnoxious shouting what a different class his team were early on before claiming it was only an academy side when the goals started to flood in. Not sure Juan Mata counts as an academy player. He was not enjoying the stick he was getting from his QPR supporting friends and family by the end and spent most of the second half shouting abuse at Fred who we eventually pointed out to him wasn't playing.
In truth United had 5/6 players who will play a reasonable part this season with Wan Bissaka, Lingaard, Matic, Williams, Tuanzebe, Greenwood, Perreria among the starters. The United players and a few of our took the knee before the game which seemed to get a good reception, not sure that will be the same when we play Millwall in a few weeks.
They opened the scoring early and really I feared the worse as the movement of Lingaard looked a class above what we are used to. You can never read too much into pre season results but I think you can tell a lot about teams on performance in these games and we looked like we have the makings of a very good side. All confident on the ball, they passed it around when under pressure and never seemed to lose belief.
The equaliser was a nice move and wonderful cross by Wallace. We really grew into the game and for me were the better side in the first half. Chair and Wilock were so good to watch whilst I was quite impressed with Dozzell in midfield. At the back Dickie out in one hell of a sliding tackle on Lingaard who couldn't jump out of the way quickly enough.
At half time I thought we'd make changes and get weaker as the game wore on, still thought we'd lose but blimey second half we absolutely blew them away. They could not cope with Chair and Wilock who ran riot. This was the first time I've seen Dykes live and he was more than a handful, good movement off the ball, hold up play was good and had a real goal threat. His 2nd goal was a superb finish.The 3rd one by Moses is well worth a watch as well, great finish from outside the box, he looked very impressive all game. Very quick, strong in the tackle and wanted to get forward.
As we began to make more changes we lost our way a bit and needed a few desperate blocks and a couple of saves from Joe Walsh to keep us ahead but we finished the game well with Bettache in particular looking impressive and in truth could have scored 2/3 more goals. The left back from Norwich looked excellent and also Dunne at the back was very good.A nice cameo from Adomah who put in one brilliant cross for Dykes.
It was great to be back and very exciting to see this team, I'm not usually one for getting carried away pre season but this to me looks a very good squad capable of pushing for promotion this season. I'm sure we'll be back down to earth soon enough but lots to be excited about.
Sportito Supporters’ Player of the Year – Rob Dickie (40% of vote) | Runner-up: Seny Dieng (35%) Ray Jones Players’ Player(s) of the Year – Rob Dickie & Seny Dieng Daphne Biggs Supporters’ Young Player of the Year – Ilias Chair (60%) | Runner-up: Chris Willock (36%) Junior Hoops Player of the Year – Ilias Chair | Runner-up: Rob Dickie Kiyan Prince Goal of the Season – Rob Dickie v Middlesbrough A (46%) | Runner-up: Dom Ball v Cardiff City H (36%)
Supporter(s) of the Year – James Doe & Luke Webber