Beyond a Stoke...
Stoke 3-1 QPR
It was very tempting to say the least to sack this report off completely if I am really honest or just copy and paste notes from the previous 10 away games, 11 if you include the league cup. But it was a case of same old, same old as Rangers continued to break their own dreadful away record. It really does seem like I sit here after every away match, writing exactly the same things..
'Were trying everything' is what we continue to hear from Harry Redknapp and his pre match press conference was as downbeat as any I have seen or heard before this season and again, could well have been just a replay of several ones beforehand. Following a two week break the team took to the lavish facilities of St Georges Park to prepare for this one. But despite these changes, there was no difference to the events on the pitch..
The first half saw Stoke race into a two goal lead - a mistake from Henry gifted Mark Walters his first goal and he smashed home his second on 34 minutes following good work from Ireland. Kranjcar reduced the deficit two minutes later and Rangers were suddenly in the game that should well have been out of sight as the home side missed a succession of chances.
Yet again, in the second half, Rangers started to play once the game was all but lost. The best chances came from free kicks with Barton smashing the underside of the crossbar and a stinging drive from Leroy Fer brought a fine save out of Begovic. But all the positive work counted for nothing when in the dying minutes, Walters headed home his and Stoke's third to give the scoreline maybe a slightly flattering look but for QPR, the same old outcome.
Queens Park Rangers
- 01 Green
- 14 Isla Booked
- 22 Dunne
- 15 Onuoha
- 06 Hill (Yun Suk-young - 75' )
- 20 Henry (Zamora - 45' )
- 24 Vargas
- 08 Barton Booked
- 10 Fer
- 19 Kranjcar (Hoilett - 68' )
- 09 Austin
- 04 Caulker
- 07 Phillips
- 12 McCarthy
- 13 Yun Suk-young
- 23 Hoilett
- 25 Zamora
- 29 Zárate
So again, along with the start to the game, the set up of the team, the baffling substitutions, the familiarities continued and yet it seemed yet again that we were beaten by bad luck is the impression you get from the Rangers Manager.
'Were trying everything, was followed by - People look and the score is 3-1, and say it was convincing - how we got beaten I don't know.
We started well, and suddenly we lose the ball under no pressure and find ourselves 2-0 down, we certainly didn't deserve to be..
We just battered them in the second half, but just couldn't score.
and swiftly followed by..
All three goals conceded were individual errors. Credit to Walters but he won't get an easier hat-trick.
As we approach another transfer deadline day, we continue to hear we need to get a couple of loans in, need strikers, all about players, it's very difficult. Made even more difficult I guess when you look at one of Rangers unused subs today - Zarate.
Things certainly don't get any easier as next week we welcome high flying Southampton to Loftus Road. Until then..
Keep the Faith and Come on you R'sssssss!!