Regardless of micks tactics or team selection why wasn't the team he put out motorvated enough to want win the game...surely when the team came out and saw our massive away support it must of been a spur to want to perform for them?
For me it has always been centre midfield, a real playmaker to play beside a defensive midfielder. Bru is the closest we have, but is a little lightweight. Any ideas about the missing link? We have the forwards and the defence that is good enough for this league, who can we get for a promotion push. ps: Marcus Evans, push the boat out for once, give us fans a bit of fun for the last part of the season! We never have any chance (due to poor selections) of the 'cup magic', our Stadia tv and catering is not even up to Col U standard...step it up man!
First half terrible - how it eas 0-0 I don't know. Bit better second half and could have scored at the end but that would have masked an inept display. Berra and Bart plus to a lesser extent Smith kept us in it. We just didn't pass or more. So many poor performances plus percentage football at its worst. We should always play Murphy with sears and fraser eirher side.
The reality check has really struck today. The reality check for certain mafia here and that's the 'we didn't need new players on January / we don't need to spend on fees / Marcus Evans is great ' mafia. Those people were in full voice after the 'glorious' Reading win and were convincing others that all is fine what ITFC do. We have lost significant percent of our threat (Fraser) and unfortunately lack of new additions last month may hit us hard.
The first half was almost as bad as the previous game in which we we did wear the 'Barca' shirt. I mean Blackburn away. The difference was the result of the first half and form of the keeper. Bialkowski made at least five very good saves, the first double on in the opening minute.
We were really flattered to be 0-0 at half time. Should have been the game over but for the Bialkowski's heroics and perhaps Berra too who himself was coping quite well with Polter. Apart from that no positives at all. Our first shot on target on 41st minute was followed by ironic cheers from the Town end.
A few thoughts about really terrible Town midfield today. There was no-one in the middle to distribute the ball, to pass towards wingers or strikers. Fraser aside they were non-existing. Skuse regularly pampered by number of our fans had a very poor afternoon. He just needs to be on the pitch and that automatically means he plays well doesn't he? He 'always plays well' according to that section of people. What was his role today? The protection for back four? What protection as QPR were all over us. He's too comfortable in this team.
Kevin Bru..... don't get me wrong I like him but he's slightly overrated. Yes he gives us a movement and energy but he doesn't do that on regular basis. Quite inconsistent. Very good against Reading last Tuesday but not much today unfortunately.
Luke Varney...... oh yes he was such unlucky with his injury so he deserved a new contract didn't he? What does he offer? A quality? Nice set-up for the Pitman's goal last Tuesday doesn't mean he's great player and badly needed by us. He has had a mare today. Arguably our worst player and I don't know what his duties were today. 100% non-existent.
2nd half was a bit better. Perhaps the changes made some effect but we didn't really tested Smithies until the 80th minute and scramble in the box where Sears' shot from close range was grabbed by the keeper.
That doesn't mean though we can be pleased with the 2nd half. I've only said it was a bit better. And then we concede the goal two minutes from time and all of sudden .... we are starting attacking and playing football ! Had to wait for that 88 minutes and concede the goal. Really annoying !
We were really close in the dying moments, loads of havoc in their box but ultimately we didn't deserve anything.
A few seconds before the end there was perhaps a turning point of our season in the shape of Fraser's injury. It looked really nasty and I wouldn't be surprised if he's out for the rest of the campaign.
Hoofball was our domain today. I have no issues with that at all as long as it gives us good results. But it didn't worked out today and I can repeat my words from my Birmingham match report. If the hoofball isn't the way to get past an opponent we have to have plan B. Unfortunately this isn't the case. No imaginations, non-existing midfield as they were unable to pass and distribute the ball.
Fraser's injury. That's why we needed some quality additions last month. 2-3 good players to gives us a chance to compete in case of injuries/suspensions. Of course it's still long way to go but can we really replace Fraser with what we have got? Jay Tabb who hasn't played a league game this season? Laursen Toure who isn't good enough? Luke Varney, hahahhaha???
QPR was always going to be a difficult game but the manner of our performance was very disappointing. Fraser's injury is for me by far the bigger worry than todays result as his absence could severely hamper our top 6 challenge.