QPR 1-1 Blackpool
A late Dexter Blackstock goal denied Blackpool another away win as Rangers stuttering form sadly continued at Loftus Road last night.
Apologies for the lateness of this round up, but on arriving back late last night, it wasn't really the time to write this one up, mainly, because I was angry!! Good in some ways that I have left it until now, but with so many changes already and happening at QPR this season, some things just never change. Rangers have followed up three good away performances, including the superb win at Villa, with two stuttering home showings.
Much has been said of the 4-5-1 formation that Iain Dowie seems to be favouring this term. When it works, it looks fantastic, but when it doesn't, it looks a complete shambles. So much so, the team were firmly booed from the field at half time, trailing to Gary Taylor-Fletcher's stunning 25-yard effort that looped over Radek Cerny.
Thankfully, Dowie shuffled the pack at half time and went 4-4-2, with Agyemang joining Blackstock up front. Liegertwood also joined the proceedings at the expense of the inneffective Parejo and Ledesma. Rangers looked so much better from there on but found the Blackpool rear guard holding firm. Lee Cook's low drive was tipped behind by Paul Rachubka before Blackstock's header was ruled out for pushing.
Akos Buszaky joined the game for the last twenty minutes and made an almost immediate impact as his free-kick cracked the crossbar on 79 minutes - Dexter Blackstock was on hand to nod home the rebound to bring the R's level.
QPR: Cerny, Delaney, Stewart, Mahon (Buzsaky 72), Hall, Parejo (Leigertwood 46), Blackstock, Rowlands, Ramage, Cook, Ledesma (Agyemang 46).Subs: Camp, Gorkss.
Lofty's Man of the Match - Lee Cook, getting fitter all the time and almost back to his best! Well done Cookie!
Others amongst the gang enjoyed the game, well, the second half anyway. Myself? I was annoyed, or maybe just deeply disappointed, whatever? I'm still not quite sure? I have to admit, that I wasn't exactly jumping for joy when Iain Dowie was appointed QPR's Manager in the Summer. But what I have always admired about Dowie is that he is an 'honest' and genuine Manager. Which later in the evening, made me stop and think after he described the R's performance as 'terrific' in the post match interview on Sky Sports News. With all the above in mind, just watch us now go up to second placed Birmingham on Saturday and play them off the pitch...
Finally, great to see Corp at the game again last night as he continues his recovery from illness. You seriously must be wondering what we have all be going on about, eh mate? And last but not least, a belated Happy Birthday to PK who was... (how old mate?) yesterday!!