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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Keeping Up With The Jones's...

Cardiff 0-1 QPR

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Mine and no doubt most of the gangs hangovers this morning, are probably a good indication of what a great result this was! Several factors like Sky moving the game to a Friday night and work commmitments, meant it was always going to be tough to get to this one. The traffic around Cardiff city centre is bad enough at the best of times, let alone in a Friday rush hour and also, a sell out rugby match going on at the Millenium stadium at the same time - who plans these things? At this stage I would like to say a massive well done to the Rangers faithful that made the trip across the border!

So the gang decended on The Brook House in Hayes to watch on the big screen. Despite the fact that the Bluebirds were sitting on the top of the league, scoring lots of goals and unbeaten at home, I was extremely confident. My confidence was assured as Rangers simply dominated the first half with Smith, Cook and Blackstock all having great chances. The only disappointment was Gareth Ainsworth going off injured on 14 minutes. We were also now in unfamiliar territory - a half time score of 0-0 in a QPR game!

Onto the second half and as you would expect, Cardiff started to come back into the game and the gang debated whether they would take a draw if offered it there and then. McNaughton rattled the Rangers crossbar, Parry had a goal ruled out for offside and Darren Purse had a penalty appeal turned down after tangling with Rehman.

The clock was counting down on what would be a great away point for Rangers, when on 88 minutes, Nicky Ward crossed from the right for substitute Ray Jones to slide in and stab the ball home and the little corner of the Brook House went absolutely beserk!!

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QPR: Royce, Bignot, Rehman, Ainsworth (Ward 14), Cook, Bailey, Stewart, Nygaard, Blackstock (R Jones 65), Smith, Mancienne. Subs: Milanese, P Jones, Baidoo.

Lofty's Man of the Match - QPR!! Sky gave it to Stefan Bailey, but Rangers to a man were all fantastic!!

So, it wasn't the 'goal fest' we have become used too. Suprising really when you think that this was the two top goalscoring teams in the Championship? But you just can't take anything away from this result and performance. Rangers went to the League leaders, took the game to them and got a deserved 3 points! So much so, that non QPR supporting friends were texting 'well done' messages! A team that was rock bottom not so long ago are now just 2 points away from the play off positions.

Ironic really, that Rangers went to Wales and won, the winner scored by someone with the name of 'JONES'!

Come on You R's!!!



  • At 2:12 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Lofty

    I must admit it was a struggle to wake up this morning but was it worth it.

    The performance was fantastic in the first half we dominated the play and although we only had a couple of clear chances to show for it the overall play was going back to old days when QPR were known for playing good passing football.

    In the second half Cardiff started to win the midfield battles and put us under a bit of pressure but the fighting spirit we have shown recently was in full effect and although they hit the bar they did not trouble Royce at all.

    Although the whole team was fantastic i must give special mention to the defence and in particular Stewart and Rehman who have both received quite a bit of flak since moving to West London.

    It is starting to look like the good times may finally be coming back to the Superhoops and does it feel good.


  • At 2:22 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Cheers DJ

    And yes, it certainly DOES feel good at the moment. I also agree with your comment on Stewart and Rehman!

    Since Gregory has taken over, the feel good factor is most definitely back in full effect and the next game cannot come quick enough!

    Not only is it good to see the fighting spirit in the side, but the confidence too! As per last night, we saw the players in the tunnel waiting to come out and you could just see that they could not wait to get out onto the pitch!!

    Long may it continue

    COME ON YOU R'sssssssss!!!

  • At 2:47 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Lofty
    great report as usual
    always my first place to find out about the match, and the best !
    3 points and a clean sheet .
    common you superhoops .


  • At 3:56 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    cheers jk, very kind of you to say so :) Glad you like it!

    As you say, three points and a clean sheet... when did we say that last haha? ;)

  • At 4:09 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I must admit Lofty, I was dreading it! Cardiff top, on Sky!

    How great it is to be wrong!

    U R'S!!!


  • At 6:14 pm, Blogger Bobo said…

    If you walk through Trafalgar Square this morning you'll notice a draped statue right next to Nelson's Column. The work will not be unveiled for a few days but if you look closely you can make out some of the inscription on the pedestal, it says JOHN GREGORY: LEGEND.

    I love what JG is doing with this team. He has such a strong vision of how he wants the team to play. For example, how he stuck with Rehman and worked with the defense. I can't imagine how it must feel for the players to have come so far so quickly.

    I hope Ainsworth is okay but I'm glad Ward was able to respond when get came in. I hope this gets him kickstarted because working with JG could really bring him to the next level.

    Best of all, getting the game in on Friday night gives us all weekend to enjoy the good feeling!! Rrrrss!!!

  • At 6:42 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Haha... cheers Bobo, but I must say that I certainly have NOT been feeling good today ;) Still, feeling like this means that the night before was good... I wonder why? ;)

    The difference JG has made has been incredible. One thing I have noticed that I really like about him, is that no one has the right to be in his team i.e. when we have a good win, the same 11 start the next game!

    Not sure if he can do that next week though as we don't yet know how bad Gaz's injury is yet?

    As for Ward, I liked what I saw of him in his early days at Rangers, but I must confess to not being too sure of him at the moment. As you say, lets hope Gregory can help release his full potential, cos there is definite promise there without a shadow!

  • At 9:54 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    News: Just found out Gaz Ainsworth is having a scan on his ankle on Monday - possible fracture and definite ligament damage and faces about 4 weeks out.

    Bad news indeed - all the best Gaz!

  • At 8:43 pm, Blogger Rodneeee said…

    What a great result Lofty huh !
    The lads did us so proud,
    Hope Giani gives JG that contract to sign before another club nabs him!!!
    Onwards and upwards
    Come on you R's

  • At 9:06 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    John Gregory is indeed a ****ing legend -although I was reliably informed by Corp that some bloke called Nigel has already taken that mantle!

    Good to join the gang for the game and the band after were good too.

    All the best to Ainsworth.


  • At 9:11 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    awesome Rodneeee!!

    I also hope that seeing Ray Jones on the pitch mean that his issue is now sorted out - hip injury, what bollox!

  • At 9:14 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    hahaha, cheers SB, but I agree that JG has now indeed reached LEGEND status!!

    Always good to see you mate! Was a very good night indeed - at least thats what my head told me on Saturday!!

  • At 12:14 pm, Anonymous Corinne said…

    This fantastic win also ends the curse of Sky Sports!!

  • At 12:50 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    OoooOoooo, forgot about that C - YAAAAY, lets hope that has been welll and truly put to bed now eh?!

  • At 11:17 am, Blogger Sportingo said…


    This is a great post, indeed. I was wondering if you only write game coverage or you also delve into opinion pieces.

  • At 3:39 pm, Blogger LOFTY said…

    Thanks Michelle

    No I cover all sorts on here, not just game reports...

    Check out the 'Politically Correct' post, two articles ago :)

    Have a trawl through the archives, see what you think?

    Lofty :)


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