Rangers Hungry for the Wolves...
Wolves 0-3 QPR
On the back of last Monday's excellent performance against Newcastle, QPR followed it up with another superb performance, but this time, we got the goals we deserved and ran out comfortable, 3-0 winners at Molinuex.
Again and unfortunately, it was a depleted gang on route to Molinuex this morning and with Jenson facing late travel problems returning from Cyprus, it was like the old days with just PK and myself heading off and we did so just after 11am, with myself taking the wheel once more. A relatively trouble free journey, with the exception of the usual delay on the M6, we parked up at about 1.30pm, but we had a slight scare on route...
Just as we hit the M42, we were nattering away when Talksport announced there was a Premier League game in doubt and it was, at Wolves. There had been a power cut across the City and the game was definitely, at risk of being postponed. This news was backed up by a text from Smithy, who stated whilst having his breakfast, all the lights went off and he was now in a pub in total darkness!! Thankfully, by the time we reached Wolverhampton, normal service had been resumed and the game was to go ahead as planned... and thank goodness it did!!
After a pint and a pie, we took our seats to see an unchanged R's take the field and Rangers started the game like a train!! After 2 minutes, Gabbidon's cross found Shaun Derry in the box, who's header was top corner bound, but was superbly saved by Hennesey in the Wolves goal and even at this early stage, the worry that it may be 'one of those games' was on our minds. But those worries were shortly erased...
On 8 minutes, Shaun Wright-Phillips was given plenty of room on the right and laid on the ball for Barton, who despite seeming to scuff his shot, got enough on the ball to get it past the Wolves keeper and the R's fans went bananas at the other end! Just 2 minutes later and we were in dreamland when, after some decent build up play, the ball fell to Faurlin who lashed in a 20-yard left-footed shot into the bottom corner - 2-0 to the Superhoops!!
Rangers continued to dominate the half and Wright-Phillips, Joey Barton and Adel Taarabt both had good chances and Anton Ferdinand saw his header cleared off the line. But some of the football the R's were playing was quite superb and the only real disappointment was that we were only two nil up, with Wolves offering very little in return, much to the home fans annoyance.
Onto the second half and Wolves made a couple of changes and most expected an onslaught. But although more competative, Wolves rarely threatened and the games momentum slowed down somewhat. But when Rangers came forward, they always looked dangerous and Wright-Phillips saw his shot rebound off the post and into the arms of the grateful Hennesey and Rangers were now in total control.
The icing on the Rangers cake, came in the 87th minute - Wright-Phillips played in the very impressive Traore, who teed up DJ Campbell to poke the ball home, much to his delight and the travelling R's contingent.
Before the final whistle, there was some fun and games as Joey Barton went down in front of the Wolves fans, who took great delight in giving him a bit of stick. Barton completely lapped it up and responded with a 3 fingered salute, which strangely, didn't go down awful well with the home support, but was extremely entertaining all the same. Barton and Stephen Hunt later exchanged words after the game had ended, before the R's Captain, joined his team mates in celebrating an excellent away win in front of the R's faithful.
QPR: Kenny, Derry, Gabbidon (Hall 84), Taarabt, Bothroyd (Campbell 74), Faurlin, Traore, Barton, Young, Wright-Phillips, Ferdinand. Subs: Murphy, Buzsaky, Connolly, Puncheon.
Man of the Match - again, with such a great team performance, is so difficult to pick out an individual. But both myself and PK both agreed, that todays award should go to Armand Traore. Who, was not only outstanding defensively, but outstanding coming forward also and rounded his day off by assisting the third Rangers goal.
Myself and PK were joined by Smithy on the way home, for what was a very happy and trouble free journey back as we all look forward to reliving an awesome day out on Match of the Day later....
Lee will be returning the favour next weekend as the R's take on the currently, unbeaten Aston Villa at Loftus Road on Sunday.
Come on you R'ssssssssssssss!!!