Queens Park Rangers 3
Derry (77), Cisse (86), Mackie (90)
Coates (54), Kuyt (72)
Well it takes some kind of “performance” to be two up, with eighteen minutes to go, against a side in the bottom three only to let it slip and end up walking away with nothing!
On the whole we played well but eighteen minutes of madness put pay to all that. It takes some level of incompetence, or how about complacency, to throw it away in this way particularly when QPR were so poor for most of the game. Even their fans thought so and let it be known until we imploded, allowing their team to become heroes from zeros, in eighteen minutes!
What this says about QPR and their season I’ll leave to their fans and but us… well where do you start? Clearly we switched off, didn’t concentrate, didn’t treat the home side with the respect they deserved? Overall however it seems that, despite our cup form, we still lack consistency and this game is simply another in along line this season that proves that. I wouldn’t trust us to win any game against any side just as I would never ever write our hopes off!
Surely this now puts the final nail in our Champions League coffin (as if it was ever a realistic prospect) any player that says it’s still on now wants their head examining! Of course odds are this was likely to happen and the manner of this defeat simply underlines why we were never really up to the task?
Kenny made two changes from the Stoke cup game. Kuyt and Adam replaced Maxi and Andy Carroll. It didn’t take us long to get at QPR. The first chance coming from Suarez who run on to Adam’s long ball and was given the opportunity to shoot thanks to some poor tracking from Onuoha, Kenny, in the QPR goal, read the shot. After what seemed an endless stream of corners, a Skrtel effort was bundled off the line. Next up was Downing who failed to make the most of Kelly’s throw ball and was eventually crowded out by three QPR defenders.
All in all we looked comfortable knocking the ball around nicely but, and how many times have we said it this season, without making it tell. The only response we saw from the home was a good Cisse strike from distance that hit the side netting and even he used to play for us! However, despite it being goalless at half time, surely it would come?
It did, after fifty four minutes, and in the most spectacular style. Gerrard’s corner was seized on by Downing whose shot was cleared off the line by Zamora. It fell, from a great height, to Coates who produced a wonderful scissor kick into the top corner. A great goal and perhaps one for Soccer Saturday’s Kung Fu feature!
After that we reverted to type. Downing missed two presentable chances before eventually we scored. Even then it took us three attempts to get it across the line. Suarez, after some brilliant play to winkle out the chance hit the post, Downing, hit the rebound straight at Kenny before Kuyt, following up, finally poked it home. And “home and hosed”, as they say, were we?
Not so. Derry’s header, from a corner (Carragher and Henderson should have dealt with it), a Cisse header (with Skrtel ball watching and allowing him a free jump) and then Mackie (after a howler from Enrique) snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
Sign, what can I say? I think I’ll take up knitting instead! We only have ourselves to blame we weren’t stitched up and, truth be told, in the league we’ve been dropping threads all season!
Queens Park Rangers: Kenny, Traore (Taiwo – 46′ ), Young. Ferdinand, Onuoha, Diakite, Derry, Taarabt, Barton (Mackie – 62′ ), Cisse (Buzsaky – 88′ ), Zamora Substitutes: Cerny, Gabbidon, Taiwo, Buzsaky, Wright-Phillips, Bothroyd, Mackie
Liverpool: Reina, Jose Enrique, Carragher, Kelly, Coates – 34′ ), Skrtel, Gerrard, Downing, Spearing, Adam (Henderson – 46′ ), Suarez (Carroll – 82′ ), Kuyt Substitutes: Doni, Aurelio, Coates, Flanagan, Henderson, Shelvey, Carroll