QPR 1-0 Charlton
A Dexter Blackstock goal on 15 minutes, was enough for Rangers to complete their first double of the season, as well as ending Charlton's hopes of the play offs - in what was an extremely comfortable afternoon for the R's, despite the narrow scoreline.
With no PK in attendance again today, due to problems on the home front, quite literally, myself and Corp arrived at the ground in good time to see the Charlton team coach arrive and a rousing reception was given to former R's winger, Lee Cook as he stepped off. Cookie is hugely tipped for an emotional Loftus Road return in the Summer and the reception he got from the Rangers fans today, before the kick off and sadly, when he limped out of the game on the half hour, was definitely on par with the rousing reception Les Ferdinand received when he returned with Newcastle.
Onto the game and as already mentioned, this was an extremely comfortable afternoon for Rangers against, if I'm honest, a poor looking Charlton side who looked a million miles away from being play off contenders this afternoon. The only goal of the game came on 15 minutes - following early chances for Ephraim and Balanta, Dexter Blackstock managed to hassle Paddy McCarthy off the ball and then turned inside the defender before finishing cooly into the corner of the net for his 4th goal in five games.
Rangers continued to dominate and Charlton only had one real chance, but Iwelumo blasted over. But as the clock ticked on and the board went up for 4 added minutes, it got a little bit nervy. But Rangers stood firm and Mikele Leigertwood should have added a second goal for Rangers, only to fire wide in the dying seconds.
QPR: Camp, Delaney, Mahon, Stewart, Blackstock, Ainsworth (Buzsaky 51), Rowlands, Connolly, Ephraim (Leigertwood 79, Hall (Mancienne 34), Balanta. Subs: Crowther, Lee.
Lofty's Man of the Match - a few contenders this week. Martin Rowlands and Damion Stewart had outstanding games, but after another good performance and this week, the winning goal, it goes to Dexter Blackstock.
It's almost disappointing now that the season is coming to a close. This was another decent home performance and I can only hope for West Brom's sake, that their promotion/Championship is secured by the time they visit Loftus Road in two weeks time for the last game of the season.