QPR Fail to Cut Blades in Front of Goal...
QPR 0-0 Sheffield United
Missed chances again, proved costly for QPR in what was overall, a dull game at Loftus Road.
Sadly, since the announcement of the Season Ticket prices, it has coincided with the R's recent run of bad results and ultimately, has led to an extremely downbeat feeling around the place. No more so than outside the ground with very little positive talk about not only the Rs prospects against the Blades, but what lies ahead. Also, very strange that at this time and in the current economic climate, QPR have chosen to release a 'Boutique' range of merchandise - a QPR cashmere scarf at £120, a cashmere jumper at £275, hoodies and zip tops at £135 and mens and ladies trainers at £120 a pair!!?? With this in mind, it is actually my Birthday on Monday and as QPR have failed to deliver me 3 points for the occasion, if anyone needs any ideas...
Moving swiftly onto the game and with respect, it was all you would expect against Sheffield United - not pretty, lots of stoppages, lots of niggly little fouls and lots of whingeing, no more so than Blades midfielder, Stephen Quinn who was moaning the moment he walked out onto the pitch.
In saying that though, Rangers had much the better things and created plenty of chances. Dexter Blackstock had a frustrating afternoon and was unable to convert a number of opportunities, the best when he headed wide Leigertwood's cross in the second half. Later, came a scramble in the Blades box, during which Rangers somehow failed to score - Jordi Lopez mis-hit the ball towards Di Carmine and the Italian produced an equally woeful sliced shot that fell to Blackstock, whose header was superbly pushed out by Kenny. Gorkss should have buried the rebound but somehow managed to miss the target.
That wasn't the worst though and we knew it just was not going to happen when Blackstock turned provider, picking out Matteo Alberti who somehow, from ten yards, side footed the ball high and wide.
QPR: Cerny, Connolly, Stewart, Gorkss, Delaney, Lopez, Leigertwood (Ephraim 81), Miller (Alberti 54), Routledge, Di Carmine (Balanta 76), Blackstock. Subs Not Used: Mahon, Hall.
Lofty's Man of the Match - too close to call between these two so it goes to both Radek Cerny and Matt Connolly.
Albeit another disappointing afternoon, this was slightly better from Rangers and as mentioned at the start, missed opportunities have again cost us dearly. It's all very strange how quickly things can change. At the Ipswich game just 2 weeks ago, we were unbeaten in 9 and as I now write these notes, we are seven games without a win and without a home success since December. Two tough looking away games ahead will probably decide now, whether this season is just going to fizzle out, if it hasn't already...