May 23, 2012
Should Joey Barton ever play for Queens Park Rangers again?
The Football Association announced today that Joey Barton has been banned for the first twelve matches of the 2012/13 season for the violent outburst that saw him red carded and dragged off the pitch against Manchester City. The controversial player's actions elicited condemnation from his critics and forced even the most stout supporter to question his fitness to remain with the club.
Barton has had his fair share of chances at redemption, and QPR's management now must decide whether his contributions outweigh his misdeeds, or if he's done enough harm to be drummed out of the club.
May 14, 2012
The script was supposed to be simple - mega-rich Manchester City would march onto the pitch against relegation strugglers QPR and blast their way to their first title in forty-four years. In the end City did win silverware, but not in a manner anyone would have believed.
Coming into the match with the odds stacked against them and needing a series of results to ensure another year in the league, Queens Park Rangers summoned the utmost courage and resiliency to stymie a fantastic side that looked ready to roll to victory. QPR will be etched in history as the team that lost seal Manchester City's incredible 2011-12 Championship title, but they can be proud of the effort they put forth on the most incredible final day of the season in Premier League history.
May 7, 2012
When they needed it most, QPR's leaders emerged with a crucial performance that may have saved their season.
Playing under the weight of a live-or-die game in front of their boisterous supporters, the team's key players delivered top drawer efforts to see through to victory. Adel Taraabt cut aggressive lanes through the Stoke defence; Joey Barton hustled after balls and harried the midfield; Jamie Mackie was a constant thorn in Robert Huth's giant side. The pressure continued to mount throughout what looked to be a scoreless draw until a well placed Djibril Cisse connected with a corner just before full time - sending Loftus Road and the QPR world in ecstasy as they snatched three vital points at the death.
The club is not safe yet, with Bolton only two points behind and a worst-case-scenario trip to Manchester City on the season's final day looming. But they have earned what may be enough to survive and will not go down without a fight.