Wednesday, 28 May 2014

QPR Back to the Premier League

QPR had one aim this season get back to the Premier League and by hook or by crook they done it. Rangers were expected to win the league, if not at least come second. But a season of ups and downs it all came down to the gamble of the Play-Offs. Wigan in the semi finals, most people favourites, because of their Wembley experience. What Harry Redknapp done though was get his team tactically bang on for three massive games.

The first at the DW Stadium he played a team that 
1. Don't Concede. 
2. Don't lose the game. 
3. If you can score grab a goal. 
4. If you can't score don't worry just don't lose.

Which is exactly what happened. 0-0 Back to Loftus Road, Wigan took the lead early which meant QPR had to go all out. With the fans behind them they dominated Wigan and deserved their extra time win via Charlie Austin who won player of the year, fans player of the year, goal of the season and any other award going. 

So in the final it was Derby County, this young side full of promise, pace and excitement. Steve McClaren was suppose to know QPR inside out after his 3 month spell at Loftus Road earlier in the season. On the big pitch of Wembley their young legs were going to rip QPR apart surely? They were made the favourites, but QPR's experience came through in the end. They kept their heads and after going down to 10 men they got the job done in dramatic style.

Football can be cruel, and this was cruel on Derby they were the better team but they could not break down QPR. Rob Green, Richard Dunne & Joey Barton put in big performances, when in mattered the most. It was a goal from a striker who has had his critics that won it in the end. People moan about the money he's getting, and he spent a lot of the season injured but ask any QPR fan for the last 3 months of the season off the bench Bobby Zamora has been a star.

At Wembley he got his moment, Junior Hoilett wiggled past two Derby defenders and put the ball in the middle, Richard Keogh's slice, pass, panic whatever it was went to Bobby's left foot and he lashed it in the the top corner. Time stopped Derby players fell, their fans cried & the QPR end erupted. It was so last in the game I feel it was shock that Rangers managed to score killed Derby and Rangers fans pinched themselves 'did this really happen'?.

Somehow with 10 men at the national stadium QPR done it. They have their haters in football on how they do business but a lot of it is jealousy. Harry Redknapp is not popular with many football fans, Barton is clearly not the nations most popular player but it was a real two fingers up at his doubters as he lifted a Cup at Wembley Stadium not many players can say that.

QPR did what they had to do, it was a long season but in the style and manor they done it, it was something the long suffering Rangers fans will never forget.

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