The Late Show...
QPR 1-2 Coventry
Rangers five match unbeaten run came to an end as a last minute header from Kevin Kyle gave Coventry all three points in what overall, was a disappointing night at Loftus Road.
Well, firstly, it was great to welcome back California Hoop, Darren, Mark and Holly back to the fold, as well as yet another impressive midweek turnout from the Leeds contigent, despite a few minor hiccups on route ;-). But before the game, the first disappointment of the night came when the team was announced, with no Hogan Ephraim in it? Now, some are saying that his loan finshed at midday and others that Sinclair was picked ahead of him and he left the stadium. Whatever it was, I hope it was amicable and we can look forward to seeing Hogan back in January?!
Onto the game, and the events of a drab first half, probably went a long way to determine the final outcome as we lost Martin Cranie, Mikele Liegertwood and Marc Nygaard, all to injuries. It was clear that the constant reshuffling completely rattled Rangers and we were looking lost at times. On the subject of injuries, the news that Martin Cranie has a suspected fractured fibula is extremely disappointing and I am sure you would all join me in wishing him well in his recovery.
The second half started more lively and on 50 minutes, Rangers were in front. A long ball from Damion Stewart wasn't dealt with by Coventry and new signing, Akos Buzsaky picked up the ball before lashing the ball home from 20 yards. I hope I have described the goal accurately for PK who sadly, was still finishing his half time pint ;-)
The lead lasted just 10 minutes when the inform Mifsud, brought the Sky Blues level, when despite looking a mile offside - rounded Camp and slotted home despite Timoska's best efforts to clear. The goal seemed to spark the Coventry fans into life, but why on earth would anyone want to sing a song written for them by Jimmy Hill?? Anyway, with no further options to change the game for Luigi De Canio, it began to fizzle out towards a draw. But in stoppage time, Kevin Kyle headed home to give Coventry all three points.
QPR: Camp, Barker, Stewart, Mancienne, Buzsaky, Rowlands, Vine, Nygaard (Nardiello 44), Leigertwood (Bolder 39), Cranie (Timoska 20), Sinclair. Subs: Cole, Ainsworth.
Lofty's Man of the Match - Damion Stewart who led the line superbly following Cranie's departure.
On balance, Coventry probably just about shaded it for me. They looked well organised and although physical at times, worked their socks off throughout. Cranie, Liegertwood and Nygaard have all been superb in recent weeks, so to lose all three was bound to unbalance the team and I am happy to put this one down to being 'one of those nights'. It will also be interesting to see how the new regime will respond to this last gasp defeat and prepare the team for Saturday, at Palace. Best we just put this one to bed I think...