October 31, 2011
Queens Park Rangers withstood a first half onslaught and challenged Spurs late at White Hart Lane on Sunday, but were unable to overcome a Gareth Bale brace and fell 3-1 to the North Londoners.
In a lively game that saw plenty of movement and an attacking display by Tottenham, QPR showed moments of good form and threatened to force a draw, but squandered several opportunities to score and allowed the better team to take control of the match. Two late goal-line clearances by Spurs nullified dangerous work the Super Hoops put in to contest the decision down to the last moments.
In the end the loss was earned, but the performance was a positive sign for a club that has struggled to rise to the occasion recently.
October 23, 2011
Queens Park Rangers pulled off a stunning victory over Chelsea on Sunday, winning the West London Derby 1-0 in a heated match that featured two red-cards and a penalty from Heidar Helguson.
In front of a boisterous home crowd that deafened the ground from whistle to whistle, Chelsea's world class squad delivered an unusually sloppy performance that the home side met with fierce resistance. Match referee Chris Foy added his own fireworks, sending off Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba in the first half to put the visitors on the back foot. The home team did the rest, playing a patient and controlled game to see out the thrilling win over their neighbours.
Winning covers up for a lot of mistakes, and in the post-mortem QPR will have to take a long look at themselves after giving Chelsea so many opportunities to get back into the game when they were down to only nine men. But regardless of the circumstances, taking three points from one of the league's best is a day no QPR fan shall soon forget.
October 22, 2011
Ah the majesty of an intra-city rivalry; one club with a proud tradition that's gone through relegation and had to claw its way back to the top flight, the other a perennial European presence and league champion contender; the local legends versus the noisy upstarts down the road.
We must be talking about the most interesting Derby of the week - QPR vs Chelsea!
Queens Park Rangers face their toughest challenge yet since winning promotion to the Premier League, and have to perform better in their second London Derby than the dreadful result against Fulham. Their recent run of matches have been a bit disconcerting for the faithful, and it will take a monumental performance to take anything positive from the match. But they do hold one advantage this week - playing in front of the Loftus Road crowd. Is there any group of supporters as riled up and ready to give voice to their team than the Ranger's boys this week? Expect a loud day as R's fans cheer on the Super Hoops to trump their neighbors.
October 16, 2011
Queens Park Rangers were held a frustrating draw against Blackburn Rovers, yielding an early lead and failing to capitalize on several opportunities to take control of the match.
Heidar Helguson put the R's ahead on a curving fade over the head of Rover's keeper, but Chris Samba's towering header put the visitors level minutes later. Both teams battled for position and consistency for the rest of the game but were unable to break the deadlock.
QPR's failure to secure a victory is not a disaster, but rather another disappointing instance where the evolving club missed a chance to take three points from a beatable opponent.
October 13, 2011
Queens Park Rangers need a win to shake off their Fulham hangover, and Blackburn present the perfect opportunity to do that on Saturday. Following the punishing loss at Fulham, the R's return to Loftus Road seeking their first home win of the season against a struggling Rovers side that has only won once this season.
Some fans laughed off suggestions this week that this is a "must-win" game so early in the season, noting that this year's goal is purely survival and the club has plenty of time to secure the necessary points. Looking down the barrel of Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Stoke on the horizon, I beg to differ.
Given the thrashing taken at Craven Cottage, I would wager that the season hinges on how this game plays out. A win will restore the pride and ambition that the team had a fortnight ago. A loss, particularly with a continuation of the poor form shown in the last match, and tough results may continue for weeks, putting QPR in a hole that may be too deep to claw their way out of.
October 3, 2011
Queens Park Rangers suffered their worst loss in recent memory on Sunday, getting walloped for six unanswered goals against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
From the opening moment the QPR defence was tested and found wanting, as Andrew Johnson ducked in between defenders to knock home a rebound for the first of the three goals he would net in the match. One thing after another went wrong, and what should have been a hard fought contest became an embarrassing rout. Fulham owned the day and looked light years ahead of QPR, who will need to dig deep and re-focus their efforts if they hope to continue competing in the top flight.
Rather than re-hash the pitiful match facts, here are a few reactions to the dreadful result.