Wednesday, 19 September 2007

58 years of Hurt

Queens Park Rangers 0 - 2 Plymouth Argyle (Halmosi 49, Norris 62)

1949 was the last year in which Argyle won at Loftus Road, so it's fair to say QPR is not happy hunting ground, but last night ended 58 years of losses and draws with Argyle netting the ball twice in the second half in front of a huge Green Army of around 1,000 supporters.

Queens Park Rangers CrestFollowing Holloway's silence after the Cardiff draw, which felt more like a loss, he must have had strong words with the squad, not least changing calling Halmosi, Timar, Buszaky and Nallis back in to the starting lineup. The game was still locked at 0-0 come half time with both sides having some chances on goal, including two missed free kicks from the edge of the penalty area, and Luke (who kept his place) having to make some smart saves. Going into the break it was everything to play for with Argyle having the advantage over poor-run QPR but nearly throwing it away again in stoppage time with Connolly miss-passing a shot back to McCormick which Ligertwood picked up. Thankfully the defence remained on the ball.

The second half restarted with Argyle pressure up until Halmosi rounded a QPR defender who slipped and could only watch as the ball nestled in the net. Rangers then woke up and Rowlands clipped the bar, luckily for McCormick who never moved from his spot on the line. QPR introduced their substitutes but could not stop Norris from getting the second. A few more slips ensued in defence but QPR could not send the ball home, leaving Argyle the victors.

No doubts a great victory for Argyle, but still at times we were shaky and could have taken advantage of QPR's weaknesses sooner. This puts us 8th in the table (up from 19th), which shows how close the league is at the moment, without the stupidness of Cardiff we would have been in the playoffs; therefore it is vital that those sorts of matches do not happen again.

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