Despite His White Boots

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

QPR 2 Charlton 1

There's always someone worse off than you ; luckily for QPR that was their opponents tonight, as Rangers recorded a fortunate victory.

A dire first half somehow produced two goals. I see on the official website that Damiano Tomassi "rolled back the years with a burst down the left wing". What actually happened was that half the Charlton defence stopped because they thought the ball had gone out for a throw in. Tomassi, to be fair, sent in an excellent low cross to pick out the totally unmarked Dexter Blackstock and he converted for 1-0. Charlton equalised when a deflected cross fell to Hamer Bouazza ; his first touch was poor but he had enough space to retrieve the ball and drive it into the six yard box for Thierry Racon to force home. Apart from that absolutely nothing happened until the break.

Paulo Sousa wasted no time in replacing Samuel Di Carmine with Patrick Agyemang ; I suppose if you don't like having the chairman pick your team, the next best thing is to hook his players as soon as possible, and indeed Di Carmine, Tomassi and Parejo were all withdrawn in the second half (Parejo in particular had an absolutely shocking game). Agyemang made a difference once again, and Rangers pressed for 10 minutes without creating anything clear-cut. Charlton came back though and had 3 excellent chances in their best spell of the game. Bouazza turned Peter Ramage inside out and sent in another low cross, only for Damien Delaney to pull out a goal-saving tackle. Luke Varney blazed over from six yards with no one near him and time to pull the ball down, and Andy Gray glanced a header wide from about the same distance.

After riding their luck though, Rangers won the game 10 minutes from time. Hogan Ephraim sent in a fine cross, and Blackstock's header was even better, looping over Nicky Weaver and into the top corner. Blackstock headed another top-notch Ephraim delivery wide moments later, from what looked like a much better chance, but Rangers held on fairly comfortably to see the game out.

All in all, very happy to pick up three points with 6 players out including most of our creative options, and hopefully this will boost confidence. Despite being one point off the playoffs though, I think we'll need all the points we can get until the transfer window opens at least. Charlton, even though they ought to have won the game, weren't really much better and have a very long winter ahead of them.


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