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Hartless Appointment

My club is VERY quickly turning into a laughing-stock.  Yet another scandal means that we are the joke of English football. No longer are Manchester City and Newcastle United the brunt of all jokes – we are.

I started writing this post when Paul Hart was appointed and by now he’s moved on! I don’t blame the club for this one actually. You could see after 2 games that he wanted ‘effective football’ and the fans didn’t like what they saw – I’ve never seen the R’s booed off the pitch after a victory before but a combination of bizarre substitutions and tactical suicide meat Paul Hart was fighting an uphill battle.


Magilton had us playing some fantasic football but lost the dressing room. Once it’s gone, you can’t get it back.  So, who next? Would any respectable manager take the ‘challenge’? I would personally like to see a proven manager, with a reputation for passing football. Alan Curbishly fits that bill but I can’t see him working with our owners – afterall, that’s what saw him leave West Ham. My money would be on a return for Gigi Di Canio in the summer.

The drama continues…

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Tottenham’s New Stadium..

I like it. Actually, I really like it. What I like most is that Spurs are building a stadium for their fans – with ‘atmosphere’ at the core of the design.  Too often modern stadium are being built without a consideration to atmosphere.  Too many stadiums end up soulless and feel very empty. The Riverside, Pride Park and even Wembley are examples of this.  That’s why I love Loftus Road – it can generate an amazing atmosphere – even for a relatively small stadium in comparison to those above.

That’s why I think Spurs have got it right.  Shops, apartments, corporate hospitality, merchandise are lower priorities (publically anyway). Atmosphere is the no.1 priority and so it should be!   The best feature is a 9,000 seater single-tier stand, like the Kop at Anfield, and allow fans to be nearer the action than at other modern stadiums like Wembley.

Daniel Levy, the Spurs Chairman says “the inclusion of a new single-tier stand, combined with a fantastic stadium design demonstrates our absolute commitment to create the most atmospheric stadium for our supporters. Every fan will have an exceptional view of the action and will find themselves closer to the pitch than at any other comparable stadium.”

Spurs intend to move into the new stadium for the start of the 2012-13 season, with the final capacity standing at 56,250.  I think they missed a trick there. Why not make the capacity 60,356 – one more seat than there arch rivals in the Emirates.

Only thing I’m not sure about is the stadiums name “Naming Rights”. Has an odd ring to it.

RR

FIFA 10

Love it.

Now, I used to be a MASSIVE Pro Evo fan (from 1999 – 2008) but then Konami got a bit complacent and FIFA stole the march. I was origianlly (way back in the day) a FIFA fan but peer pressure – and superior gameplay  – converted me to Pro Evo. As a student I used to play Pro Evo regularly with mates – including weekly tournaments round my mate Byrnie’s flat. Those were the days. I remember we once had a a tournament where we had 4 x 14″ TV’s, back to back, 5 x PS2’s and one hooked up to the big 42″ screen in the front room. Alongside that, we had a PC running with updated results, tables and standings. It was the ultimate football gaming tournament – and I loved it.

Theo Walcott is rapid in FIFA 10

Years have gone since then and times have changed. So has the game.  FIFA 09 re-introduced me to the EA title and I loved it. The gameplay in FIFA is amazing. It allows me to play the game like I would play football in real life – something that gives me an edge over ‘gamers’ who try to play football games.  My online record is pretty good. I have a 60% win ratio. My regular teams tend to be Villa, Manchester City and Arsenal (teams with power and pace).  The best feeling is when I choose Villa and then my oppenent (some German probably) picks Real Madrid/Barca – and I beat them. It doesn’t get better than that.

I own a PS3 copy of the game so give me a shout if you ever fancy a fixture:

QPR_Dan.

Add me.

RR

The Worst Away End in Football

Wow. I’ve been to some pretty grim away ends in my time – the Manor Ground, the Withdean, The Rec or maybe the scaffolding at Priestfield.

Spare a thought for the visitors to Miejski Klub Sportowy Znicz Pruszków in Poland. Amazing.

Personally, I’d make this the mandatory away end for all Chelsea fans (at every game). Probably doesn’t meet the Taylor Report requirements – but one can dream…

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Magilton’s Vision – Slowly But Surely

As mentioned in previous posts, I have never doubted Magilton’s ability to get us playing football the right way. My main concern was with personnel, especially in the goalscoring department.  The introduction of Jay Simpson from Arsenal has added an extra dimension, that’s for sure.  Rather surprisingly, Simpson is a real battler – working hard, chasing down lost causes and competing for headers when he is clearly four feet nothing.  He looks sharp, holds the ball up well and his link up play is excellent. His finishing needs more refining but he’s more than good enough for the Championship.

watson

Over the last few weeks I’ve seen a vast imporvement in the way we play.  The squad is settling nicely and Magilton is finding out his strongest eleven – using a 4-4-2 system (gone are the days of 4-5-1 under Paulo Sousa).  The introduction of Ben Watson (on loan from Wigan) has balanced the side brilliantly. He’s a talented player who can score goals, tackle, has a full range of passing and compliments the excellent Martin Rowlands brilliantly.  Buzsaky, Watson, Rowlands and Routledge is the preferred choice and I totally agree.  There’s a great balance of pace (Routledge), passing (Watson and Rowlands) and finising/delivery (Buzsaky).

Borrowdale has done brilliantly at left back and fair play to him – Paulo Sousa didn’t give him a sniff when he was here. Initially, I was sceptical but he’s proved me wrong by being solid all season so far.  I love Matt Connolly. He’d be in my starting eleven, that’s for sure – but at the expense of who? That’s a tough one.  Both Stewart and Gorkss have done nothing wrong but I can’t help thinking that our defence would be all the stronger with Connolly’s inclusion.  Liegertwood has been playing right back recently – a position first explored for him under Gareth Ainsworth.  I think it’s his best position. Full backs are massively underrated in football. They’re the ones who start the move, have more time than any other player on the pitch and provide additional ‘poke’ with great overlapping.  I know he probably doesn’t want to play there all the time…but tough Mikele!

So, Magilton’s steering things in the right direction – well done sir. Long may it continue. Off to Newcastle tonight. Lets keep our run going. I have a sneaky feeling about tonight y’know…

C’mon you R’s!

RR

Jimmy Bullard. Funny Man.

Was shown this on Friday. You gotta love Jimmy Bullard.

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Blackpool Programme FAIL

Did anyone else notice that the fixture list was omitted from Southampton and Blackpool match day programmes? Me, my old man and one of my mates were going to use the fixture list within the programme to plan / pick the upcoming matches we’d like to attend (pretty much all home games and maybe a few away fixtures).  I was amazed when the programme didn’t include the fixture list. Surely that’s a massive error? Never before had I seen a programme without a fixture list.

So, when the official QPR website asked for feedback on the ‘new’ matchday programme I thought I’d ask the question…

Original Email

To which Ian Taylor, the Press & PR Manager at QPR replied:

“It was left out of the Saints match due to the reduced page pagination and it was a design fault that ensured it didn’t make it in to the Blackpool programme, which I am bloody peeved about! Thanks again for the feedback Dan and please feel free to send in your entry for either MY DREAM TEAM or FAN OF THE WEEK.
Regards
Ian”

So there we have it – looks like some poor designer somewhere has had their knuckles well and truly whacked. At least we now know it was an error rather than some of the other ridiculous consipracy theories I heard on Saturday.  Nice of Ian to reply.

RR

Typical Start to the Season

Fireworks, explosions, flags, WAGS, models, billionaire owners and their billionaire mates, wheeling out the legends before the game – we’re getting used to the spectacle that comes with Mr Briatore at Loftus Road by now.  Did it match what I saw on the pitch? Not really.

Good, steady start
After what was a quite tentative, slow paced opening, which Rangers totally dominated, ‘big Ben Burgess’ opened the scoring for the very poor Blackpool side on 37 mins.  Up to that point the R’s had bossed the game and looked the far superior side.  Nice passing, injections of pace but ultimately poor finishing was the main story of the opening period.  Blackpool didn’t offer anything going forward apart from their goal.  Typical Holloway side – all huff but no puff.

The need for a goalscorer
This is so obvious it’s unreal. It smacks me in the face every week.  Surely the board / management can see it too??  Vine missed a great chance, Helguson looks lazy and lethargic, Agyemang is not a finisher and Taraabt is awesome, but a typical number 10, rather than a number 9. Please, please, please address this problem. We look a great side up until someone needs to put the ball where it hurts – then we look weak. We wont get as many chances against better opposition in this league so we need a ruthless, deadly and clinical goalscorer.  I seriously cannot believe we haven’t addressed this after going on about it so much last term and all of the summer (or was that just me?).

Ramage
Slowly winning me over after the terrible start he made in a hooped shirt last term. Seems to care more than most and that goes a long way.  Both full backs (Ramage and Borrowdale) had solid /decent games in my opinion.  I think Ramage is solid but basic.  His goal was a pure fluke but so what, let him enjoy it!  It just goes to show how much of a state we’re in when our goal threat comes from a marouading right back who scores from a cross-come-shot. Oh dear.

Peter Ramage

Predictions for the campaign ahead
Without the 20+ man we need – 10th. With a goalscorer I truely beleive we’ll make the play-offs with an off-chance of making the top 3.  Our midfield and defence is more than good enough to mount a charge. We need to spend big on securing enough goals to get us in the Premiership  – over to you Mr Briatore / Mittal / Ecclestone.

You can view highlights from the 1-1 draw, courtesy of the BBC, by clicking here. Count how many chances Blackpool have.  Quick mention for Aldershot Town who started the season by winning 3-1 against Darlington – well done Wads!

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Man City Starting XI Lottery

Right, so Manchester City are signing everyone.

I’ve heard numerous conversations on the train, in the office and down the pub where people are trying to pick the City starting eleven.  When you look at their squad it’s almost impossible to pick the strongest team.

The Tevez Poster in Manchester

So here’s the challenge. From the list of players below pick the starting eleven that will feature against Blackburn Rovers on August 15th.  Strikers are ridiculous, what formation would you play? It’s bloody hard!  Let me know your eleven from the names below (I’ve removed the ‘kids’)…

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Rangers Need a Goalscorer

I know from the outside people will look at QPR and see Agyemang, Helguson, Vine and now Pellicori as our striking options but I still think we’re pretty shy in the goalscorer department.  All the above are good footballers but someone tell me who is going to get the 20+ goals required to propel us into the top 2 – or even the play offs?  I didn’t disagree with the sale of Blackstock to Forest. Dexter scored goals but I never felt he had the quality we need to go onto another level.  Yes, he tried hard and had a decent average but I still feel that he lacked the goalscoring nouse and quality needed to make a challenge in this league.

Pellocori

The signing of Pellicori is based on a successful pre-season and I’m fine with that. However, I can’t help but wonder whether he’ll be another Di Carmine – lets give him a chance.  Ever since last season ended I thought that finding a left back and a goalscorer should have been our main transfer priorities.  My opinion is that we still need to buy a proven goalscorer.  £3.5m on a midfielder is great, and shows our intention, but I would have preferred an investment in the likes of Cox, Beckford or even Phillips.  We need goals. All successful teams have a 20+ man and we don’t.  This is my main worry for the 2009/2010 season.

RR