QPR 2-0 Barnsley
Goals from Patrick Agyemang and Rowan Vine, saw the R's to victory in what was overall, a comfortable afternoon at Loftus Road.
A ticket promotion brought in a very healthy attendance, who had come to see what was the new look QPR, with no less than 5 players making there home debuts. In fact, the amount of times the PA announcer had to say 'home debutant' when reading the team sheet, spoke volumes of the recent investment since the transfer window opened.
But, the 'extra' support the R's had today, no doubt went home extremely happy. In fact, the only real disappointment today, was that we only scored twice, especially after dominating the second half. Surprisingly enough, the better the R's play, the more difficult the reports are to write - when I don't have to pick the bones out of the performance, tactics, referees etc.
Rangers made the perfect start in what was a genrally scrappy first half - going ahead after just five minutes - Vine crossed from the right and Dexter Blackstock's lay-off found Agyemang, who lifted the ball over keeper Heinz Muller before applying the finishing touch with his head, for his second goal in as many games. On the stroke of half time, it was two nil - Vine combined brilliantly with Agyemang, twice exchanging quick passes before tapping the ball home for an excellent goal.
Onto the second half and sadly, the goal fest we had all hoped for, never arrived, depsite Rangers dominating. Martin Rowlands made a decent attempt at clinching the goal of the season, by weaving his way past three defenders, rounding the keeper, only for his shot to be cleared off the line by Dennis Souza.
A delightful chip from Matthew Connolly flew just over and Mikele Leigertwood's drive brought a fine save from keeper Muller. Although the chances continued to come, Barnsley also had their moments, with most of their good play coming from the impressive Campbell-Ryce, who had a shot well saved by Camp late on.
QPR: Camp, Delaney, Stewart (Lee 84), Blackstock (Ephraim 89), Buzsaky, Rowlands, Connolly, Agyemang, Vine, Hall (Mancienne 80), Leigertwood. Subs: Crowther, Balanta.
Lofty's Man of the Match - a few contenders here, with Damien Delaney having a fine debut at left back and there was another wholehearted midfield display, which was almost topped with a fantastic goal, by Martin Rowlands. But today's award, for a goal, an assist and for being a constant threat all afternoon, goes to Patrick Agyemang.
So in summary, this was a decent performance that won three valuable points. Rangers are now up to 17th and breaking clear of the drop zone. With that,you just can't help but feel, that once the new players begin to gel together, better is yet to come. It certainly is an exciting time being a QPR supporter at the moment.
And finally, I must just mention, that the LH winning bet run continued, with faith retained in Patrick Agyemang at 5/1 for first goalscorer! Same again next time I think...