Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The boys ton good

Queen's Park Rangers 0 - 1 Newcastle Utd

Our thankfully brief sojourn in the Championship came to an end on Sunday, with a reasonably comfortable win over a spirited QPR side at Loftus Road.

As The Football League Show aptly demonstrated, this was not one of the most important fixtures of the day, nor was it one of the most entertaining games - with highlights distinctly limited.

Once it was decided that it could go ahead (despite the distinctly boggy conditions) the game proceeded at a steady rather than unspectacular pace, and it wasn't until the second half that things really got going.

Firstly, Peter Ramage (formerly of these parts) was given a straight red card for upending Big Lad as he went through on goal. For Ramage this was his first game against us (although to his credit he's been spotted in a supporting capacity a few times since he left us) and his second red of the season.

Having gone down to ten men, QPR continued to show the spirit which they've developed under Colin Wanker and had a goal chalked off for off-side.

However, once Peter Lovenkrands sprang the Hoops' offside trap at the other end, before coolly lobbing their keeper to notch only his second away goal of the season, the game looked safe, and Chris Hughton took the opportunity to introduce highly prized youngster Haris Vuckic into our side.

With the young Slovenian rumoured to be the centre of attention from a number of bigger fish, this was perhaps Hughton's way of enticing Vukic to stick around next season, with the prospect of further first-team games ahead. Sticking with the squad theme, it was interesting to note that both Bigger Lad and Lovenkrands started on the bench (the former possibly disrupted by his court appearance earlier in the week), allowing Big Lad and Leon Best some more game time upfront.

Elsewhere, Messrs Enrique, Harper and Spidermag all look to have started their summer holidays already (the latter presumably trying to squeeze in some down time back in Argentina before his anticipated trip to the World Cup next month).

Gratifyingly, it was our third victory over a team managed by Colin this season, and the victory took us over the 100 point mark. Whilst not quite pipping Reading's record, it nonetheless represented a fantastic achievement from a group of committed players who have done great things to repair some of the damage inflicted by the dismal 2008-9 season.

Where next is a discussion for another day but for now we can all just sit back and enjoy the sensation of a campaign well done.

Other reports: BBC


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