It’s a shame this one, because we started the game well and dominated in the opening half an hour and looked dangerous on the break when we needed to be. But they slowly got to grips with proceedings and we allowed them to work their way into the match and eventually we never really recovered from that.
I was really honoured and privileged to be asked to go on the Open All Rs Podcast earlier this week on the episode titled “The Invisible Shaun Derry”, thanks to David Fraser, Chris Charles and Ash Rose for having me on, they were great company.
I’ve been a big fan of the show for a very long time, it’s a fantastic addition to QPR’s history and culture and captures the essence and spirit of the club’s supporter base really well.
It was all very new for me of course, I’ve never done a live show like that before so it was a humbling learning experience for me, but it was also great fun too. I was nervous before hand, I guess sometimes talking about things you are so passionate about can make you be that way – it’s a reminder of how hard it must be for those players to have to go out and perform every week, or the manager who has to face the press each and every game.
It’s been a really long month, we’ve had eight matches and they’ve taken their toll, especially with the warm weather and we just looked a little bit short after what’s been a gruelling period.
They were a handful and you couldn’t help by being impressed with the efficiency of their play. The distributed from the back really well, with lots of excellent pattern play and backed that up with great movement in the final third, as well as sharp counter attacks.
We made a great start to the game, in fact, both teams contributed to a positive opening and played with good intent to attack.
It was only last week that I said I was concerned by what I saw. When we went behind against Brighton, I saw lots of players give up the chase. It speaks volumes about their lack of belief and confidence in themselves and sadly we saw a repeat of that here. After Richard Dune was sent off, they put in a truly deplorable display that was devoid of any effort.
It was a good win and a reasonably entertaining game. The key moments in the match went for us, otherwise it may well have been a different outcome.
That was really hard for me to analyse. I was stuck in the front row, so while it’s a great looking stadium, at pitch level, the perspective is warped and I couldn’t even see the other side of the centre circle lines let alone the opposite penalty area. It made it difficult to watch.
It was a good win and really needed.
The performance was positive, we played with a lot more authority and asserted ourselves far better than we have done in previous weeks – Ravel Morrison at the heart of everything good we did.
I think Harry Redknapp and the backroom staff have generally always been honest and accurate with their appraisals of our performances and the quality of the squad. They’ve never shied away from the fact that scoring goals was a problem for us, and they’d identified early doors that playing a 4-4-2 formation was going to cause us problems and they’ve even been accepting but unapologetic about our lukewarm performances.