QPR, one of your more recent billionaire play things, come to White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon seeking their first win of the season. We, thanks to Reading’s shiteyness and Defoe’s shooting prowess already have ours and with Man Utd away next week, we will be aiming to get another one in the bank because history tells us much about our visits to Old Trafford, none of it good
Thursday’s draw means three home games without a win for us and only two goals scored. Oh dear. That doesn’t tell the whole story though. We may be some way from AVB’s finished product but there are signs that we’re on the right track. We’ve been keeping and moving the ball well, the end product just hasn’t been good enough to win us games. Old news, but you’ve got to take your chances. You could see Villas-Boas on the touchline on Thursday getting frustrated by the lack of movement up front and thus the lack of options for the players (Vertonghen mostly) playing the ball out from the back so hopefully we’ll see an improvement in this area on Sunday.
If our players are still getting used to each other then QPR’s must still be at the wearing name badges stage such was their staff turnover in the summer. Hughes wasn’t allowed to shop anywhere near the expensive stores but has picked up so much from the cheap/end of range shelving that there’s bound to be the odd bargain in there. Their team will look a bit like most of them have taken the wrong bus with Cesar, Nelsen, Bosingwa, Park and Fabio all sparking “I’ve seen you somewhere before…” comments rather than instant recognition. Zamora, Ferdinand, SWP & Cisse are all slightly more familiar in those nice hoopy shirts. Granero & Faurlin will probably make up the eleven.
There’s been a slow improvement in QPR’s results with the memory of the opening shocker against Swansea now overwritten by a good draw with Chelsea. Last time we met they were too good for us, Taarabt’s free-kick decided a forgettable game.
Who will play for us? Don’t know for certain obviously but I suspect it’ll be very close to the team that started at Reading. Dempsey for Sigurdsson maybe with Lloris for Friedel the other possibility. Naughton left WHL with his foot in a pot but is expected to recover I believe.
No doubt Sir Les will be sourcing a few tickets for his Rangers pals, all being well, they’ll go home unhappy. Fatty Down is down to officiate. COYS.
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