QPR (4) – Bolton Wanderers (3)

Team: Green, Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Konchesky, Henry, Tozser, Phillips, Fer (Sandro), Chery, Emmanuel-Thomas

Subs Not Used: Smithies, Perch, Luongo, Faurlin, Doughty, Polter

Attendance: 16,026 (including 829 Bolton fans)

My first home game of the season with Kerrins and we were fortunate to be playing a poor Bolton side after the Fulham debacle, but we still managed to give them a two-goal start!

A half-decent team would have torn us apart and the win only papered over the large cracks. To let in two early goals would have normally see us go down if we were playing anyone decent.

What was worrying was how we decided to defend at 3-2 with the inevitable happening. No midfield, poor defending and disjointed team play made me feel that we had witnessed a defeat and not a victory.

Emmanuel-Thomas may have scored twice but offered very little else and he makes a snail look fast. He wins very few balls in the air given his size and he will not be given the time he needs by average and above teams.

Karl Henry is an absolute joke and I can only assume that there is something in his contract that ensures he plays every week! Daniel Tozser looked lost most of the time and Matt Phillips needs a good shaking.

I’m not convinced and I feel that we have better players loaned out by our clueless manager, who seems determined to set a record for the number of goals conceded in a season! Defence what defence!

Colin (ESSEXURs)

Two-nil down, seven goals, a win in the last seconds of the game, all 3 points secured, HQ rocking, what more could you ask for?

We almost managed to throw the game away, but maybe there is light after all at the end of the tunnel, as shown late in the second-half when we finally had a go at playing football as it should be playedon the groundit was brief, but brilliant.

Before all that however, it was nothing short of a nightmare! Is it official that we have the worst defence in the league? At times it was almost comical!

At 2-0 down after appalling displays from our ‘defence’, Green included, it could have been so much worse. Both Hall and Angella are a million miles away right now, they can only get better.don’t hold your breath. Onuoha and Konchesky are average defenders who give us nothing going forward..not good enough.

Henrywhat to say? Best left.
Tozser continues to disappoint, at least he’s consistent.
Ferwhat a pleasure to see him back, more than decent, quality.
Phillips continues to frustrate, not good enough, loads of potential, if only he had belief.
Cheryfor me has more potential than the rest put togetherQuality.
JayDoesn’t look the part, but managed to deliver big style, delighted for him, can’t ask for more.
Sandrogood impact, relaxed, played with confidence, rare vision.

Sandro/Fer/Faurlinwho will be more than a big asset going forward, all fit and firing on all cylinderswho knows.

It’s QPR as we know it!

Good to meet Finney, who does what he does every year for the Community Trust. Top man.

Jimmy Murray


Jay Emmanuel-Thomas curled in a 94th-minute winner against Bolton to end QPR’s four game win-less run.

Liam Feeney crossed for Gary Madine to head the opener before adding a second, steering home the rebound after Robert Green saved from Darren Pratley.

Emmanuel-Thomas immediately pulled one back, with Leroy Fer then stabbing in an equaliser and Tjaronn Chery put QPR 3-2 up from the edge of the area.

Bolton’s Wellington Silva levelled late on only for Emmanuel-Thomas to win it.

Victory lifts QPR to 11th in the table, while defeat coupled with other results sees Bolton slip into the relegation places.

Feeney was instrumental early on as Bolton struck twice in three minutes, with the midfielder first finding Madine to nod in his second goal in as many games before Feeney himself reacted fastest to pounce after Pratley’s shot was spilled by Green.

QPR were quick to hit back, Emmanuel-Thomas meeting a cross from Chery to power his header home and mark his first league start for the club with a goal.

The hosts threatened to equalise through Nedum Onuoha and Gabriele Angella before Netherlands international Leroy Fer found the target at his second attempt just before the break.

After half-time Onuoha sent a header from a long throw wide of the post for the hosts before Chery found the top corner to make it 3-2 and Matt Phillips dragged a good chance to add a fourth off target.

Sandro tested Wanderers keeper Ben Amos before substitute Wellington Silva beat Green at the other end, looking to have done enough to earn a share of the spoils before Emmanuel-Thomas completed his brace.

QPR boss Chris Ramsey said: “I’m not pleased with the way we defended and the three goals we gave away. Having said that, I think we showed some character and that’s much-needed in this league.”

“I wasn’t too displeased with the way we attacked. But individual errors always cost you, but obviously we’re very pleased to get the three points.”

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon said: “It’s not good enough. Defensively we allowed too many headers, didn’t stop crosses and were slack with the ball.”

“After going a goal down we created very good chances, scored a very good goal and then with 30 seconds left we can’t see the game out – that’s my frustration.”

“Why we can’t see the game out I don’t know? We’re mentally fragile I think. I’m fed up of talking about it.”

BBC Sport

It was great to meet up with Steve R, Colin (ESSEXURs) and Bradleyog in the Crown & Sceptre prior to kick-off.

As for the game itself, it was Keystone Cops stuff and on that evidence we are just papering over some very large cracks. We do not have a top squad. It is average at best.

Both teams were shambolic in style, Bolton the more so which means on that verdict that you can quite rightly say the R’s did deserve to edge it over the entire 90 minutes (plus the time added on).

However the way we played, any decent side in this division would have put us to the sword but Bolton, the relegation fodder that they are, were not up to the task.

I was of course happy with the result but not impressed with the performance and at the final whistle I could not bring myself to join in with all that deluded euphoria, but I will hasten to add that I did remark when Bolton scored their third that there was still time for Rangers to win it, such was the “unsafe” and “haphazard” nature of the poor opposition we were facing. So it proved. Anyway at least I’m not taking any stick from my Bolton friends.

Another pointer to events, last season in their respective divisions, QPR and Bolton were famous for letting in late goals. I believe they had a combined total (in roughly equal proportions), of approx. 17 times where costly last gasp goals were conceded. No surprise then on what happened from the 86th minute onwards!


I went through a whole range of emotions on Saturday. When we went 2-0 down after 11 minutes I feared another possible Fulham fiasco, but when we pulled one back 2 minutes later it did give me some hope.

I never thought that we could score four goals without Charlie Austin and Chery’s wonder goal was worth the admission money alone. When it went to 3-3, many around me departed but I have to say that the players did show some spirit and battled on when the four minutes added time was held up.

I was right behind Emmanuel-Thomas when he took a touch to position himself to effectively pull the trigger. Absolutely wonderful, yes relieved but there were some positives from the game apart from the very welcome three points.

Steve Russell