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|Loft for Words Match Report|
at 11:31 28 Nov 2016
I'm not sure QPR were quite as good in the first half as they seem to think; certainly they were in the last 15 minutes of it when we sat back too much but I expected them to really go at us from the start after last week.
This paragraph was interesting:
"Ipswich, who were in front at the break anyway, couldn’t possibly be as bad again in the second half and sure enough McCarthy put a number of measures in place at the break – stopping Hall carrying out from the back, crowding Chery, getting in behind QPR’s wingbacks, seizing control of the midfield through Douglas – that stopped the R’s dead in their tracks."
He's right on the referee who was awful throughout, although probably missed that Perch's first challenge was pretty poor too; I think he only got booked then for moaning.
And hard to argue with this bit too:
2Attendance – 16,510 (1,225 QPR) Sad to see and hear Portman Road, which is a quality football ground right in the middle of the town and very atmospheric when it gets going, half empty and almost completely silent even in comfortable victory. This is your Financial Fair Play fall out – two clubs working with a hand pressed firmly on their heads, who already know where they’re going to end up this season, charging in excess of £30 to get in. Don’t expect a lot of people to turn up, and for those that do to be in particularly high spirits, in those circumstances."
|Two big failings on Saturday|
at 07:55 21 Nov 2016
One is entirely Mick's fault, the other the players concerned need to have taken more responsibility, especially the senior ones.
1. Defending. Obviously, it was abysmal, none of the back four had a good game with basic errors and switching off throughout. For all the pelters Knudsen has got since Saturday, and he was poor, I'm, not even sure he was our worst full back. Not much leadership visible from Berra and Chambers as it all went wrong. We were in trouble as soon as Knudsen lumped that ball forward so aimlessly.
2. Formation in midfield and attack. Well, what formation? Some degree of fluidity is something to be admired but we weren't so much fluid as incoherent for much of the match. There was often no-one near the box with Sears wide and McGoldrick deep looking for the ball. It was a mess throughout, only really looking more structured once Varney came on in the last twenty minutes when I thought we played quite well.
That is very clearly McCarthy's fault and starts to fit a pattern of not being sure what to do. Of course we miss Murphy but that formation needed a focal point and, without one, was inept. Whether it might have been better without such an awful start is something of a moot point really.
I still don't see that we the relegation probabilities that some are claiming, we're average and inconsistent rather than truly awful but the sense of drift around the club is set to continue. I can't see that Evans won't sack McCarthy in this sort of overall form so those desperate for a change will carry on agitating for one - I'm more and more convinced that the problems here run a lot deeper than that though.
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