Awayday Review - West Brom, Hawthorns
Sunday, 30th Sep 2007 10:11
The game that saw the end of John Gregory's reign as QPR manager - a 5-1 defeat in front of the Sky cameras. But the football aside, what was the Hawthorns like for the visiting supporters?
1- The Match
To be fair West Brom are a very good team, probably the best side in the division and almost unplayable by teams at this level when they play like this. Against a side like that you've got to get the basics right and the set up of our team, the players selected and our inability to do things as simple as defending set pieces meant the game was lost almost before it began. We didn't mark our men, we didn't defend as a unit, we didn't close the man in possession down, we stood off and allowed them time to play, we played a terrible offside trap, we didn't mark anybody at corners, the three full backs we used were truly horrific - in short we made it easy for West Brom and they're not a team you want to make it easy for!
In summary, Rangers got a severe footballing lesson as goals from Phillips(2), Miller, Koren and Greening gave the Baggies an extremely comfortable afternoon. Gareth Ainsworth gave the travelling faithful some hope, reducing the scoreline to 2-1 on 24 minutes, but that was as good as it got. It is no secret that Rangers save their VERY worst performances for the Sky Cameras
To quote NorthernR in his match report, describing the build up to the first goal, probably goes a long way to describing the entire afternoon.
A quarter of an hour in Ishmael Miller picked the ball up wide on the West Brom left and after Rehman backed off and backed off and backed off and backed off and backed off and backed off and backed off and backed off and eventually fell on his arse...'
2- Rangers' Performance
3- Rangers' Support
4- The Ground
Pretty much standard conditions in the concourse, although quite spacious with easy access to everything. The warm beer being served was probably the only down side.
Despite reports to the contrary, there seems to be plenty of parking in the nearby industrial areas and reasonably priced. However, depending on the position you do actually get allocated, you could be in for a long wait after the game.
Plenty of burger vans for those partaking in the traditional football fair and also sweet stalls for the kids, or indeed big kids amongst us. Badge and unofficial merchandise stalls are also a plenty and some are well worth a look.
8- Police/ Stewards
A shame really, because the Hawthorns is one of the better grounds to visit in the Championship. Overall- 42/80
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