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Random Wednesday draw opinions
at 00:09 5 Oct 2020


Vive La France! Yohan Barbet is rapidly becoming my favourite player. Yes, he can be crap defensively but then his je ne sais quoi sublime skill breaks out. That volley that should have led to a draw at Coventry (maybe he could then have organized the team at corners) and now that perfect curling `go on my son, put that one away` cross for debutant Bonne to head home in injury time on Saturday. 

Wednesday boss Gary Monk said afterwards that because his team was down to 10 men after centre back Lees went off injured, his players couldn't get out to block crosses. But you still have to be able to pick a cross like that out, even when in the clear. Ryan Manning can do it from time to time and emergency winger Barbet did it after getting a square ball from fellow centre back Dickie. You see on the video highlights that Bonne raises his arm for the ball as Barbet gets the pass from Dickie. The Frenchman has that in his brain and hits his target perfectly. Bonne reacts with a scorer's instinct and muscle memory and without thought heads it in.

It was really pleasing to see fellow striker, the starved-of-service Aussie-Scot Lyndon Dykes, be the first to celebrate enthusiastically with Bonne. No hidden jealousy or bad body language there. Maybe two up front can work with them where it didn't last season with Wells and Hughill. Against that, twin strikers do not sound innovative or trendy enough for what has been dubbed Warbsball.

Wallace is another natural left-footer and despite an error-strewn start to the season and aging legs, is better defensively than Manning. Maybe he could have conjured up a cross like the Frenchie in crunch time but I doubt it. 

And talking about left-footers, the Wednesday's Barry Bannan has been a Ranger slayer in recent times and his skill created their goal with no-one putting pressure on him. Made me day dream about Warbs detailing Amos to man mark him like Mourinho sometimes used Anders Herrera for Man U. Probably would not have worked but Bannan seemed like only Sheffield player who could really hurt us.

Clive was right to highlight the curious way Wednesday played with their low-risk Route One approach. That Gary Monk of tactical Swansea fame should be doing that with battering ram new Centre Forward Callum Paterson was especially strange. They funneled back and looked to hold on to one-nil for last 20-25 minutes. At least our boss sticks to his ideals even if some of us wish he would be more pragmatic now and then. 

My final words would be to say that Osman Kakay continues to be a revelation, hitting a level of consistency that many of his teammates would do well to emulate. And then Mass Luongo was fired up and fantastic, a striking contrast to our other former favourite Luke Freeman who did not impress for ailing Forest in that first game.





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Expectations
at 18:26 6 Aug 2020


This item is out there on the Web reporting on the pre-season predictions by the number-crunchers at FiveThirtyEight:

QPR were predicted to finish 13th by the data experts at the start of the season with 62 points. In reality, QPR finished 13th on 58 points.

Interesting, seeing as how our internal QPR fan narrative is of valiantly seeing off predictions we would be in for a season-long relegation battle. Disagree personally with those 'data experts' and still think we done great under Warbs Warburton.
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Bus Stop Brentford
at 05:13 29 Jan 2020


Just caught up with Clive's 'angry-as-hell-and-not-going-to-take-it-anymore' preview of the Blackburn game in which he correctly skewers Rangers and Warburton for the daft team selection for the 4th Round cuptie.

Even worse for Brentford who put out a piss-poor Second Eleven for their big cup game at home against Leicester and went down lamely 1-0. And then all the players rested for the promotion push game Tuesday night against Forest lose 1-0. That worked out well! Can see squad rotation machinations might be in order for too-good-for-us Liverpool and Man City. Bees and Rs not so much.
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Listening note - Leeds, Grealish and WSL
at 01:44 21 Jan 2020


QPR fan, journalist and friend of LFW Flo Lloyd-Hughes has some interesting things to say on latest Guardian Football Weekly podcast. About 42 minutes in, opines on Leeds meltdown. Earlier, explains why many of us do not like Jack Grealish and also has a very good riff on WSL latest. Worth a listen.
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Clive Allen remembers
at 16:03 13 Oct 2019

Fine article in The Athletic...

https://theathletic.com/1287006/2019/10/13/allen-interview-eccleshare-oct-11/

Did not realize he played for so many London clubs.
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QPR PLUS AND MINUSES
at 03:31 4 Aug 2019


Some thoughts on the Stoke game from someone watching overseas on QPR +...

THE PLUSES...

HOOF BALL

Very noticeable that Lumley hit it long on many occasions and Nick London caught in the commentary Warburton telling the keeper to do that from the sideline. Great relief that the great McClaren Error of fancy-dan faffing around at the back was not in evidence. More light shed on this by the new manager in his post-match interview on Five Live which I repeat here as it was interesting stuff.

Andy Reid: "You love to play out from the back. Is it all systems go with that again at QPR, is it playing out from the back and wanting that good brand of football which is such a joy to watch?".

Mark Warburton: "I like players who love having the football, who can dominate a football. I really enjoy watching that and I think so do the supporters but I think we have to be practical as well. We knew that Stoke would come and try and press us high and hard early in the game. So, by-pass it. We went long from Joe Lumley to Jordan (Hugill). Did a great job, we've got one who`s beyond him, and posed a real threat and we got the early goal. So, we have to be practical, be sensible. When we can play, go and play and have players enjoying that. But, when it's right to go long, have no fear of doing so."

TARGET MAN: Hugill was big, strong and mobile. And had skill to lay it off. Goal showed good penalty box awareness.

FAST WINGER: great display from BOS. Gave Rangers real width a la Dave Thomas, Trevor Sinclair and the two Andys, Impey and Sinton.

THE BOSS: our midfielder was Born In The USA and bossed midfield. Cameron picked up where he left off last season.

MINUSES...

KEEPER BRAIN-STORM: Lumley had a good game but nearly cost Rangers two points in injury time with his second of madness rushing off the line to flap at a free kick. Missed it by miles. He wasn't punished for his mistake, Stoke England goalie Butland was not so lucky in the first half with his rush off the line.

LATE GOAL: as many have said, the late substitutions did not work and Rangers were less than stellar game managers in the last quarter of the game. Amos tired, it seemed to me, and that's why he was hooked. Another day, Stoke get an undeserved draw. Clean sheets remain important.

REFEREE COMPLAINING: Nick London has a running theme of grievance against Referees and started the season in fine moaning form. Yes, Championship refs are often crap as carefully noted by Clive W and the ref on Saturday was a `homer` and should have been consistent enough to book their players in the first half which finished 3 yellow cards to nil in QPR's favour. But let's not overdo it and encourage the lazy sort of cheap seats barracking which is one of the more annoying aspects of fan behaviour. Especially if you have a microphone.

Bring on Huddersfield at Loftus Road.
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Crazy transfer market
at 03:39 9 Jul 2019


Item from BBC Sport: Aston Villa have made a £7m bid for Burnley's unsettled England goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 33. (Sun)

Just goes to show how ridiculous and unbalanced prices are and puts Luke Freeman transfer fee in context. Not right, but the way it is.
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heresy
at 01:49 10 Mar 2019


Maybe despair is not necessary following the appalling draw with Stoke. Yes, Rangers should have won against 10 men for 80 minutes and the refusal of McLaren to bring on Eze was baffling and damaging. Bringing on Shodipo was like the buy-a-ticket-to-win-the-lottery approach of Holloway. If your playmaker is Scowen, then you`re in trouble.

BUT...let's be realistic, to stop the plummet down the table, we have to stop digging our hole deeper and deeper. You could argue we did that and that any kind of result that was not a loss was going in the right direction. We were rock bottom of the form table and now we have four points from the last nine and two clean sheets in three games. It IS clutching at straws but that is where we are: we're crap and we know it.

Many posters on here appear to hold two contradictory beliefs: 1) we're crap, 2) we should be doing much better. Well 1) answers 2). We are still doing around the same as sorry Stoke who have much better players. And I hope we stuff Rotherham as the feisty American makes a triumphant return to action, but (more heresy) a draw would not be a bad result as it would keep the 10 point gap with them. Remember, we're crap.

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Instant and Random Impressions...
at 19:56 22 Sep 2018


...based on watching ESPN + feed in United States.

1) QPR never looked right all night.

2) Dire first half. A Rainy Night in Georgia more interesting than A Rainy Night in Shepherd's Bush.

3) Steven McLaren was late out of the tunnel onto the sideline at both start of first and second half. Shook hands with Norwich manager hurriedly AFTER kick-off at beginning of game. What's he doing back under the stand? Last trip to loo? Calling his Mum?

4) David Moyes was in the crowd. What was he doing there?

5) Leitner for Norwich, Leistner for Rangers. Confusingly German.

6) Why no Kakay?

7) Norwich had 72 percent possession in first half but did little with it. Finished with pitiful 65 percent for game.

8) Eze looked tired, Freeman mostly disappointing except for a rasping shot towards the end.

9) Our first corner came on 79 minutes and wasted with crap short corner routine. Second and last corner on 86, whipped in and caused scramble that saw Luongo pushed with decent shout for Pen.

10) Enjoyable sweeper/keeper header by Lumley in second half.

11) Did my eyes deceive me or was BFG wearing pink boots? Confident, if so.

12) The Finnish striker Pukki (pronounced POOKIE) could finish with his chest for goal. Deflection on cross to him made it slightly lucky.

13) Farke-ing hell, their manager looks strange.

14) Norwich vastly improved from Maddison led team we saw at Loftus Road at the end of last season.

15) Bapiste is a real trier. Got a face block on a Norwich shot from Cantwell.

16) The previous 4/5 games, we have had better players than the other team. More even tonight and our players radically underperformed. Also Farke won the tactical battle with McLaren.

17) Wells looks fitter than Hemed.

18) The Sky Sports curse returns.
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Los Angeles Alert!
at 04:01 16 Sep 2018


Geezer wearing QPR Guinness shirt just shown on TV in LA area watching Carlos Vela and LAFC v New England Revolution. By corner flag at Banc of California Stadium.

Is he a Southern California Hoops fan or an exiled Brit?



James (Rangers fan since '72) who now lives in the fine LA County city of Duarte.
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