Team: Green, Hughes, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Hoilett (Keane), Jenas (Carroll), Henry, Traore, Morrison (Benayoun), Doyle.
Subs Not Used: Murphy, Suk-Young, Sendles-White, Maiga.
Attendance: 16,448 (including 1,794 Leeds fans)
Leeds were typical of teams coming to Loftus Road, get bodies behind the ball, defend narrow, press high, make us play long balls from the back and hit us on the break. So Harry and coaching team, no surprises there then and why are we not set up to deal with/counter the opposition’s tactics?
Play with width, so Junior gets taken off! Play at a high tempo and keep the ball moving. Our goal proves that point. Press in pairs and win the ball back high up the park. It’s not rocket science – even Steve McClaren took time out to show Harry how it’s done!!!
Still onwards and upwards, I look forward to a visit to St. Andrews on Saturday and 3 points.
Queen’s Park Rangers stopped the rot of three consecutive defeats but with just two points from five games, their hopes of an automatic return to the Premier League are fading by the week.
How they could have done with Clint Hill’s fierce shot home in added time being allowed to stand. Instead, an assistant referee’s flag went up and Rangers were left looking enviously into the distance at the top two in the Championship they once occupied for so long earlier in the season.
In truth, a win would have flattered Rangers. Leeds took a deserved lead through Ross McCormack and Jermaine Jenas’s goal just before half-time came out of the blue.
“Everybody worked hard and there was no lack of effort. That’s been excellent,” said Rangers manager Harry Redknapp, who was left again to lament absent players such as Charlie Austin and Joey Barton, though Rangers do have the deepest squad in the division.
“If it means going through the play-offs then so be it, but let’s get there first and see where we go from there,” added Redknapp.
Rangers, nervy and lacking in confidence, made the worst possible start when referee Chris Foy adjudged Richard Dunne guilty of bringing down McCormack and pointed to the penalty spot after just 10 minutes. Robert Green, however, dived to his left to save McCormack’s low shot that lacked power.
The Leeds livewire striker would not be denied, however, and made amends within four minutes. After Armand Traore had fouled Rodolph Austin 25 yards out, McCormack stepped up and curled home a sweet free kick for his 24th goal of the season.
Leeds now had the luxury of being able to sit back and strike on the break and Connor Wickham – on loan from Sunderland, a move made possible by the involvement of potential new owner Massimo Cellino – flashed a shot across the face of Green’s goal as Leeds came close to doubling the lead.
By contrast Rangers looked uncomfortable forcing the pace and not until Junior Hoilett switched wings with Traore 10 minutes before the interval did the balance of the game shift. Then, just a minute before half-time, the previously wasteful Jenas strode forward with the ball and the Leeds defence unaccountably parted. Taking advantage, he struck a low shot from the edge of the penalty area that beat Jack Butland’s right hand for an equaliser.
It looked as if it might give Rangers new vigour, with Butland saving with his legs from Armand Traore in the first minute of the second-half, but it was Wickham who came closest to winning it, sending a low cross shot just wide.
“We are disappointed really,” said the Leeds manager Brian McDermott after a result that kept his side on the fringe of the play-off race. “We felt we should have been two or three up before they scored. But I look at it as another point gained. We are definitely getting better.” Rangers certainly need to again.
Ian Ridley – The Telegraph
A groan descended around Loftus Road when Richard Dunne conceded a penalty in the 10th minute, but the R’s faithful were up on their feet following Rob Green’s save. However, Ross McCormack made no mistake 4 minutes later when his free kick took a deflection en route into the top corner.
I think our first effort on target was a Jermaine Jenas header after 40 odd minutes. Rangers did get the equaliser a few minutes later with a well taken goal by Jenas after an assist by Kevin Doyle. We really need much more of this from our midfield players.
Both sides created a few chances in the 2nd half. I thought Connor Wickham’s low shot was going in, but thankfully it flashed just past the far post. It seemed momentarily that Clint Hill had snatched a dramatic winner in added time, but it was ruled out for offside.
There were some glimpses of what we are capable of doing, but we really must get back on track very soon to even guarantee a play-off spot.