...and so much expectation! Just shows you eh?
My first thoughts, on seeing the 11 'Sparky' (now, for the moment at least, AKA ex-Chelsea cunt 'Cunty') put out was: WHAT? We're playing one up front, at home? Against Swansea?? My second thought was: What? Adel Taarabt AND J-Ho in the same team?? With no defensive cover in midfield??? (Whose job was that? Diakite's?? Park's?? My third thought was - who the fuck is that at right back? Onuoha?? With Clint Hill at CB??
I enjoyed seeing Park's first kick in a QPR shirt. I hmmed at Adel's by now hackneyed step-over routine and by now familiar way he either loses the ball or mis-places a pass. And then we were 1-0 down. A very soft goal, against the run of play. And thus the pattern was set. Although we huffed and puffed, we rarely threatened. Cisse, who always faces the goal, needed delivery, and he was getting NONE. Mackie was making some inroads on the right wing, but there was no connectivity in the midfield. Fabio was all over the fucking shop at LB, marooned way up the field when he needed to be back defending. We'd come out swanning around like it was a friendly against Wycombe and been pegged back by a far more disciplined team. It didn't look good.
But of course, Cunty would make changes at half time, wouldn't he? Because surely, like every fucking member of the crowd, he could see we needed a) 2 up front b) Taarabt removed from midfield c) cover for the defence. But no, out came the same team. Who were duly over-run by a very average, but well-drilled and surprisingly combatant Swansea side. At 3-0 down, he FINALLY makes a change. Of course, it would be a striker, to add some desperately needed threat and partnership for Cisse. Of course it would. Probably Taarabt off. Or even Cisse off and Zamora and Johnson on. But no. Oh no. It was Sean fucking Wright Phillips. SWP?????????????????????? To replace Clint Hill???!!! Ohhhwahh ha ha ha ha ha ha WHAT???????? THE FUCK??????????
At that point, I nearly imploded. People were leaving the stadium in droves. And soon we were 4 down. Then 5. By this point, I'd met up with Jerry, Insom, Goofy and Dave who were inhabiting the back row of HU. Somehow, Dave was still smiling. A smile of grim acceptance at life's vicissitudes, I supposed. A fight had kicked off between fellow QPR fans to my left in the corner of HU. This was, without any shadow of a doubt, A Bad Day At The Office.
Finally, on something like 76 minutes, Cunty put Andy Johnson on. And somehow, we fans who stayed, endured the final minutes of one of the most humiliating and abject defeats I have ever seen at Loftus Road.
So, I have to ask myself: Mark Hughes, on 3 MILLION POUNDS A YEAR, cannot see WHAT EVERY OTHER FUCKING FAN CAN SEE, Mark Hughes, on 3 MILLION POUNDS A YEAR, puts out a team without a collective clue as to shape or organisation, with no defensive cover for midfield, with a lone stiker, AT HOME, against an average side, with a new manager, who were RIPE for the taking... and then, when it's clearly not working, and we need GOALS, he puts on the diminutive, useless, clueless fucking SWP, a has-been, over-rated winger, who hasn't scored a fucking goal in about 20 fucking years.
Seriously, Fernandes, you either sort Hughes out now, or sack the cunt, before it's too late. What a fucking joke.
Prologue: It was really nice to see DM, Goofy, Chappers, Arbie, Insom (we blew kisses at each other), and I especially enjoyed the post-match debate on life, the universe and everything with Goof, Arbie, Chip and DM in the Weld after the game. You're all great lads, and thank fuck, it's only football.
..up for the trip to Norwich. Aren't we all?
I can only assume the fight between Rs fans was over the right to slash Hughes' tires.
I have never been a fan of Hughes - he always strikes me as a bit 'Emperor's New Clothes' - but I was really positive about the changes he seemed to be making. I liked the noises coming out of the club and the long-term plan seemed eminently reasonable for a club our size. I have said previously that I was concerned about our options at centre back. I don't think Hill is a solution to that problem any more than I am convinced about Ned and Archduke a pairing. The Bosingwa signing may go some way towards achieving a modicum of solidity but I still want to see us being linked with some anvil-jawed, violent colossus whose latest opponent for a header is best described as 'comfortable but we shouldn't hope for too much'. How fucking hard is it? We ship out Big Dan, Rambo, Gabbidon, Fitz and Perone and replace them with... The sum total of fuck all divided by six (co-incidentally the trade-in value of any Citroen over 2 years old).
Sort it the fuck out Hughes.
that Hughes forgot the way that we played to beat Swansea four months ago. I appreciate that this was played in 80+ degrees heat but there was no pressing or harrying giving Swansea plenty of opportunity to knock it about. A similar performance to four months ago would have got the job done.
Having said that, IMO the scoreline flattered Swansea. It was one of those freak games where everything they hit towards goal, went in. 5 goals from 8 efforts on target says it all.
what one of my bruvvers said.
..were you at the game Cambers? Swansea played brilliant counter-attacking football, they had a clear game plan and they played with discipline and bite, admirably assisted by our hapless defending, useless midfield and non-existent strike force. We were absolutely shite. If you want to rely on stats to back up your argument, how about comparing the missed to completed passes ratio. Our passing was laughable at times.
I had to make do with a lousy internet stream. As I said in my previous post, I think if we had played similarly to our last game with them, the outcome would have been different.
Laudrup seems to have them playing the same way which can be countered by playing a high tempo pressing game which the conditions yesterday probably ruled out. I agree with you our passing and retention of the ball was pretty poor. 60/40 to Swansea I believe
am I not right in thinking that the majority of their passing / retention is carried out in the third of pitch closest to their goalkeeper?
I'd put this loss down to poor managerial decisions and Green. I do not believe this result is an indication of things to come, though I'm not convinced of Mr Hughes' game acumen.
Was the fighting in HU between Hud and Insom?
..American version, if so it's time to change your tires.
to get out of the ground. Rarer than rocking horse shit that is.
If we were going to have a stinker better now, when it doesn't make a great deal of difference. If the performance against Norwich is just as poor and we then risk "nil point" from 3 games, then we got a problem.
Besides (putting on my pointy Spin Doctor hat for a second), we're only behind Arsenal and Liverpool on GD.
"They mostly come out at night, mostly."
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Tell the new world how it went down