Team: Kenny, Hill, Gorkss, Connolly, Walker, Derry, Buzsaky (Leigertwood), Taarabt, Mackie, Helguson, Ephraim (Agyemang).
Subs Not Used: Cerny, Borrowdale, Rowlands, Parker and Tommy Smith.
Attendance: 15,325 (including 2,490 visitors).
The stats reveal that we had 60% of the possession and despite chances for both sides, this encounter will be remembered mainly for the trouble, before, during and after the game and for the terrible refereeing of Mr Probert. Someone told me after the match that he never ventured as far as the penalty area in front of the Millwall contingent ? He never even yellow carded their keeper for his wrestling antics and he certainly bottled it when he should of awarded a penalty for that high challenge on Jamie Mackie. A lively affair which at least maintained our unbeaten run and the six point gap at the top.
Game/result apart, it was the most gutless, spinless, inept performance by a ‘referee’ since the days of Rob Styles. A disgrace to the game of football and I hope that we never have to endure him ever again at Loftus Road…he should be struck off.
Or ‘ProBENT’ as he should be called. He absolutely bottled it when Mackie was felled in the box by a kick in the gonads in front of the away fans. Then in the 2nd half, the ONLY decision he could make was to have sent the keeper off for firstly kicking, then pushing, Helguson as he tried to kick the ball to the corner flag for us to take a corner. The referee even saw the incident and ran 20 yards to talk to the keeper, then called Helguson over to have words with him !!! He constantly got routine decisions for both sides totally wrong. There was one instance when Taarabt nutmegged the No.17 by the Loft/Paddock. The Millwall player then recovered, won the ball and tackled Adel. The ref then gave a foul ? But his piece de resistance was in the 80th minute when the ball went out for a throw-in, again by the Loft/Paddock corner, and when players looked to see whose throw it was, he indicated it was both ours and Millwalls’ throw. You couldn’t make it up, but the ref certainly did.
Queen’s Park Rangers remain six points clear at the top of the Championship but lost their 100% home record as Millwall produced a disiplined defensive display that, alas, was at odds with the behaviour of some of the spectators. The police mounted an enormous security operation around Loftus Road in an effort to prevent violence at the first meeting of these rivals for five years but nonetheless erupted before and after the kick-off. Police made at least 11 arrests during an evening in which supporters fought in two pubs close to the stadium and scuffles and missile-throwing broke out in the stands following the final whistle. The arrests included three for assault and two for possessing offensive weapons. A steward said he pulled a dart out of a QPR fan’s chest. The Football Association is likely to investigate the trouble inside the stadium.
Warnock suggested the decision to stage such a volatile match at 8pm rather than arrange an early morning weekend kick-off may have played into troublemakers’ hands. “It doesn’t make any sense, but you never get sense out of people who compile the fixtures,” he said.
On the pitch, Warnock’s side showed their determination to extend their best start to a campaign since 1947, by beginning strongly and could have opened the scoring in the second minute. Kyle Walker created the chance with a crisp cross from the right but Heidar Helguson, arriving unmarked at the edge of the six-yard box, headed wide. A swirling long-range shot from Akos Buzsaky forced Millwall’s goalkeeper, Darren Forde, to save with his legs. Chances became more scarce after that, however, as the game degenerated into a midffield battle in which neither side gained much ground.
Adel Taarabt is the man to whom QPR have typically turned to for inspiration this season, but the Moroccan was mostly subdued by the excellent Tamika Mkandawire. On the few occasions Taarabt did manage to wriggle free of his marker, QPR looked like breaking the deadlock, most notably on the hour when he swivelled and shot from the edge of the area and brought another good save from Forde. Steve Morison came close to stealing the points for Millwall following a rare break in the 72nd minute, but Paddy Kenny saved his close range header. “Kenny (Jackett, the Millwall Manager) gets the maximum out of his team and he had to tonight to stop us,” Warnock said.
Paul Doyle – The Guardian