QPR Begin to Prove a Point...
QPR 0-0 Reading
An entertaining goalless draw at Loftus Road meant Reading lost ground on Championship leaders Wolves, while sadly, QPR missed the chance to move into the top six.
Well, despite the somewhat negative opening line, this was a decent game which I thoroughly enjoyed. Following Lee's excellent report from Blackpool, it is back to my ramblings for this one, in what was labelled the Battle of the Hoops?!? You will hear no more of this from me, simply because Reading do NOT wear hoops, end of story!
After back to back away wins, the mood was clearly upbeat around the stadium before the game and although the temparature was rapidly dipping as the day was moving on, my heart was certainly warmed by the return of the SOUP in the Lower Loft kiosk - something of which I am now assured will be a permanant fixture from now on. Winter Vegetable was the order of the day and although it was no means my personal favourite, it went down well all the same. I was also warmed by the sight of Vickie's cool new white gloves, Lee Cook take note!!
Onto the game and despite the lack of goals and overall opporunities for either side, this was thoroughly enjoyable game of football played at a high tempo in front of the R's biggest crowd of the season. QPR's best chance of the match came on 11 minutes when Heidar Helguson somehow headed Damien Delaney's left-wing cross wide from inside the six-yard box.
Reading almost went ahead when Cisse's shot was tipped away by Rangers goalkeeper Lee Camp, who also did well to keep out Leroy Lita's deflected effort early in the second half.
Rangers had the lions share of possession but Reading always looked capable of nicking a goal when coming forward - and very nearly did so with 20 minutes to go, when a goalmouth scramble ended with defender Matt Connolly blocking Kevin Doyle's attempt to bundle the ball over the line. But with the two sides so well matched, the draw was probably the right result on the day.
QPR: Camp, Delaney, Stewart, Mahon (Ephraim 77), Leigertwood, Routledge, Gorkss, Connolly, Cook (Di Carmine 90), Miller, Helguson (Blackstock 84). Subs: Hall, Alberti.
Lofty's Man of the Match - a good few contenders for this one I'm pleased to say, with Delaney having his best game in a QPR shirt to date. Gorkss and Stewart were immense against a very good Reading front line. Wayne Routledge was a constant threat, but today's award goes to home debutant, Liam Miller.
I have to be honest and say, that I maybe just am a tad disappointed that Rangers didn't 'go for it' as such with say, 20 minutes to go and put two up front. But nevertheless, this was another decent performance against a very decent side and for the second time this season, have shut out the league's top scorers.
Come on You R'ssssss!!