Warnock sees no cause for alarm – so why should others? (©PAphotos)
by Rob Coates
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Friday night’s game saw the Super Hoops held to their third draw in a row, two of them goalless. Is it time to panic? Have Championship opponents finally got the measure of Warnock’s white and blue army?
Bottom of the league Bristol City have not exactly had the rub of the green this season. Their home form before QPR’s visit read one win one draw and four losses, whilst the Hoops away form read four wins, two draws and no losses.
So on paper this should have been routine for the Loftus Road crew, in essence it was anything but. It shows that in the Npower championship there are no dead certs or guaranteed wins, which would explain why it continues to draw more and more fans. There are no top four super teams or lucky to be in the league teams, it’s all an even battlefield with everyone deserving to be there; all of which makes for more exciting games.
For example, Bristol City propping up the league with their worst start for 34 years faced the Hoops, who have had their best start to the season for over 60 years. They could have just rolled over and settled for a draw, but they came out fighting from the start.
Both sides had their chances but QPR went behind after a Jon Stead thunderbolt from 20 yards opened the scoring. The Hoops came back with shots from Gorkss (just over the bar from a diving header) and Mackie who came close to scoring but the ball was adjudged to brush off Helguson who was in an offside position.
It took until the 84th minutes before Agyemang bundled the ball over the line to get the draw. Both sides produced another game for the highlight reel displaying some great football, with a draw being deemed a fair result.
However, a current rumour surrounding the Hoops is that some people on the board are not happy with the results of late. A major shareholder and former chairman of the Hoops seems to be rattled and a little anxious.
This rumour has only been fuelled by speculation that Mr Flavio Briatore has voiced interest in seeing Marcell Lippi the Italian national team manager as he new manager for QPR, but is that really the answer?
Neil Warnock has managed to collect a great working team who have not lost this season, who have bags of belief (especially seeing the comebacks at Derby and Bristol City this season) and who have just smashed their own record of 13 matches unbeaten, a record which stood since 194-/48 season.
QPR are now a team that nobody in the championship wants to play in their current form. Each game they grow stronger as a team, and although they are currently in a lull (if you can call not winning a game for three matches a lull) they continue to win numerous accolades (manager of the month, team of the month, player of the month). Players are being picked to represent their countries (Mackie, Gorkss etc) and they have record numbers coming through the gates this season.
To replace Warnock if they get promotion to the Premiership would be like winning the lottery and getting the money taken away after the photos have been taken. He has done a fantastic job at Loftus road, creating a very special team and deserves to be trusted with his job not hounded or undermined.
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