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?).
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.
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!