Wrote on Sunday – My thoughts on the club following our harsh 1-0 defeat to the rentboys. For once I had too much to say to fit in a series of tweets. Follow us – @TBATW_ on twitter.
Last minute depression
Consistently conceding late on in games is certainly a trait unwanted in any standard of football. In the Premier League it’s not unwanted, it’s suicidal. Queens Park Rangers have conceded late goals in a staggering 10 games so far this season. How many points has it cost us? I calculate it to be ELEVEN. The late goals conceded mean that we are still scrapping for survival rather than already planning ahead to back-to-back campaigns in the premier league. I’d be in dreamland if a QPR side ‘already had their flip-flops on’ during mid April because that would have meant we had done it the easy way. Unfortunately we’re doing it the hard way (again). Sunday April 12th was another chance to climb to safety. Nothing short of the most important and most anticipated game of the season, Chelsea at home. Unfortunately though yet more last-minute heartbreak as Fabregas, who epitomises the amount of loyalty in football today, wrongfully gave the Chelsea bastards all three points. Rob Green gets the finger pointed at for the goal but then again he’s won us far more points this season than he arguably lost us today. I’m sure our club will be punished for the actions of a few heroes situated in the Q,P,R blocks. To whoever threw that lighter at Ivanovic I ask one question, why couldn’t it have been something heavier? I thought the John Terry chants were brilliant and Sky will be delighted they chose a boring game which the people at home will remember for hearing “Terry you’re a c**t” booming out in their living rooms.
Our performance was superb. No QPR fan will be going home tonight feeling sick knowing that their teams been out played in the West London derby. I go home tonight knowing that the eleven players who put on the blue and white hoops today gave absolutely everything they could for the badge. They understood how much it meant to the fans and they showed no fear at all. Chelsea were made to look ordinary at best. Arguably the leagues best player, Eden Hazard, was bullied off the ball continuously. Chelsea players found themselves surrounded every time they had the ball within 30 yards of our goal and we managed to keep up the aggression and desire throughout the 90 minutes. Joey Barton managed to put together the most energetic and tenacious performance I’ve seen at Loftus Road by a QPR player in a while. Since returning from his ban following yet another act of stupidity he has encouraged determination amongst the dressing room. To me it appears as though he’s keen to redeem himself and finally understands what significance his stupidity has to us after being at the club for three seasons. Sandro was also excellent today in showing how to tackle in a derby game and it damaged us when he had to be subbed off. Clint Hill unsurprisingly made tackle of the day for his all-out-wipeout on Willian. Cleanly getting the ball whilst being able to clatter the Brazilian with both feet made it a perfect derby day tackle. Charlie Austin became a QPR legend for life for throwing Terry on the floor, in front of the Loft, leaving the scumbag humiliated. The type of aggression shown to fight back at Villa in midweek and the desire to take the game to Chelsea today showed that Queens Park Rangers are a team that many pundits are now questioning their decision to write them off. Obviously Paul Merson will still predict a heavy QPR loss every week after his mate’s departure because he ‘had people inside the club against him’. I will hold my hand up and say that after the game vs Palace I was preparing for the Championship and I assume many QPR fans who also went to Selhurst Park on that Saturday afternoon also just wanted the season to end.
Chris Ramsey progression
Back in October I wrote an article wanting Redknapp out following a poor start to the season (4 points in 7 games). I regret wanting Tony Pulis as his long-term replacement however it was evident that under Redknapp we were quite simply not good enough. In the article it mentioned “we lack everything a team at the bottom needs to get out of safety” and if it wasn’t evident enough in the early games then our away performance vs Burnley confirmed it. Of course the excuses remained. Adel Taarabt was three stone overweight, we had 12 players turn up at the start of pre-season, Harry’s knee is sore, Sandro has been out injured, we finished lowest out of the promoted clubs last season, Harry doesn’t read the papers, Zamora can only do 60 minutes, Fabio Borini wanted £90,000 a week, we lost Loic Remy. Do I need to mention anymore? However under Chris Ramsey how many excuses have you heard as to why things aren’t perfect? Could you imagine how long Redknapp would be moaning about having to play Karl Henry at left midfield vs Chelsea. The man now is charge of Queens Park Rangers Football Club is no longer an overrated manager looking to avoid complete humiliation before he finally retires to his home along the south coast. Instead in charge of my football club is a man with something to prove. Ramsey believes he finally has the opportunity to prove what he’s had the desire to do for years. This leaves us with a manager not sitting around waiting for his list of problems to magically go away. It leaves us with a manager that is proactive, not reactive. When Leroy Fer and Richard Dunne are ruled out for 10 weeks each there is sound of Ramsey crying about it. Instead the reaction is how can it be fixed and that it isn’t the end of the world. Despite no points picked up at home in five games under Ramsey so far I still feel confident of our upcoming games against West Ham and Newcastle. Compare that with the optimism levels following the first five away defeats under Redknapp and it’s quite a contrast. Our side under Ramsey has changed brilliantly. He’s given confidence into a player who looked like he could be leaving in January (Matty Phillips) and now he’s one of the most dangerous players in the league. We now go to teams away from home and aim to score first with the intention of then building on our lead. Our performance vs Villa showed a side that really wanted the retain its Premier League status. What I see in Ramsey is a man doing his best to succeed with what he’s got. Our style of football may not be something to saviour and our depth in many positions is very bare. Whatever the outcome of this season I would give him the job permanently because he’s desperate to achieve and has the hunger we haven’t seen in Redknapp or Hughes. The integration of the youth system into the team is something that will give the club a better future. One thing is clear. Despite the man only having a temporary short-term contract, Chris Ramsey is keen to improve the long-term future of QPR.