December 28, 2011
Queens Park Rangers' quality side finally turned up, delivering a strong performance to earn a draw at Swansea Tuesday.
The free flowing match featured plenty of fireworks to entertain the noisy Welsh fans, including a skillful - if questionable - goal by Swansea's Danny Graham and a fantastic effort from Jamie Mackie at the other end to put the Hoops level.
Their defence remains a liability, but QPR's attackers showed more energy and determination in this contest than they have in weeks. The strong play of Swans keeper Michel Vorm held the R's in check despite the aggressive work by Adel Taraabt, Heidar Helguson and Mackie. The Swan's stubborn defending and strong counterattack kept the score even, but QPR finally played to their capability, which should bolster the supporters confidence heading into the new year.
December 19, 2011
When the best you can say about a match is that you could've lost by more, it's been a bad day at the office. Such is the state of things at Loftus Road following the 2-0 defeat to reigning champions Manchester United.
The R's made a game of it in the first half, but once again struggled in attack and conceded two poor goals to give the visitors all they needed to see through to the victory. No one expected QPR to beat United on Sunday, but with the flashes of grit and acuity they've put together this year, it was reasonable to expect some fight from the Hoops. Instead mental errors and poor tactics put the team behind and despite some hopeful moments, they never gave themselves a chance.
December 11, 2011
Despite promising to take the fight to Liverpool, Queens Park Rangers’ spiritless performance at Anfield on Saturday doomed them to a defeat marred by sloppy defending and non-existent attacking play.
Substitute keeper Radek Cerny turned in a top drawer effort, but couldn't overcome the Red's non-stop pressure and poor play of his teammates. Without top scorer Heidar Helguson, Rangers provided little in the way of scoring opportunities and were dominated in an uncharacteristically poor showing that had all the makings of a embarrassing blowout if not for some outstanding work between the sticks by their keeper.
With inconsistent outings like this threatening to become the norm, the Hoops need to improve and start earning better results quickly, before they slip back into the relegation battle they've avoided up to now.
December 4, 2011
Queens Park Rangers played well enough to win against West Brom, but only managed a draw in a match that left them sharing points with a side they pushed around and should've taken more from. Credit West Bromwich Albion for fighting back and earning a draw - fault QPR for not sealing a victory they had plenty of opportunities to take.
After Heidar Helguson notched his sixth goal to put his side 1-0 up, there were at least three chances to score goals that should have made this a very comfortable fixture. Instead some missed moments left the door open for West Brom to come back in, which they did to draw level and nearly snatch a win if not for two fine injury-time saves from replacement keeper Radek Cerny.
Neil Warnock's wrath wasn't saved for the dressing room as he chastised his players and the referee as they headed in, the passion boiling over after a day that ran with so much promise and ended with such bitter leftovers. It helps to take some perspective - the R's still earned a point - but it was impossible to watch this match and not feel that so much more was deserved.