A very exciting game at Loftus Road at the weekend saw some fans walk away thinking the season was all but over and mid table is the best QPR will finish. Really?
Yes four draws in a row can be a bit frustrating but I cannot remember when a team last washed away the Championship without a few hiccups and we all agree it is tougher this year as all the teams seem equal.
Newcastle came close last year but even they had some problems, to think you will walk the league without a few altercations is crazy. Remember they still haven’t lost yet and QPR are only 14 games into a 46 game season so keep the belief going.
In the first half Paddy Kenny was called upon to make a couple of great saves as Burnley came out all guns blazing, the tackles were flying in thick and fast from the off, it was surprising there were no red cards in a game which had over 27 fouls and 6 yellow cards. Well done referee Mr Williamson for keeping the game flowing.
It took until the 32nd minute for a flash of brilliance by Adel Taarabt who smashed a 24 yard thunderbolt into Lee Grant's net, the crowd erupted and the game seemed to turn QPR’s way. It should have been 2-0 five minutes later when a cross from Taarabt was thrown away as Rob Hulse and Alejandro Faurlin both tried to bury it, Burnley refused to lie down and came back at the Hoops.
One such charge produced a penalty as Matthew Connelly bumped Dean Marney off the ball in the area, there was no doubt about it just badly timed and executed. Graham Alexander took the spot kick and the momentum swung back into Burnley’s favour.
The tackles became fiercer and as both teams went looking for the winner, it could have gone either way with Iwelumo going over the bar, as did Derry’s attempt. But the game ended in a deserved draw.
Neil Warnock did not look anxious about the result, he has some tweaking to do in the team but with Cardiff taking the top of the table there are some very important games coming up for the Hoops.
Cardiff play third place Swansea next week in what will be a massive derby game where as QPR take on Reading. Both teams need a win now, I still don’t think it’s time to panic yet but a vital win next Saturday will calm the nerves.
There’s a long way to go yet Hoops fans, so keep the faith, this is when your team is looking for you to give something back, continue the shouting and let your team know you are there.
You knew it would be a rollercoaster ride. Enjoy it.
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