Team: Green, Onuoha, Hall, Hill (Perch), Konchesky, Henry, Tozser, Phillips, Luongo (Hoilett), Chery (Austin), Emmanuel-Thomas
Subs Not Used: Smithies, Doughty, Faurlin, Polter
Attendance: 12,037 ( including 1,642 R’s fans in the away end+)
On a night when it was never going to be pretty, it just went from bad to worse, against yet another poor side, but at least they competed. We must have lost almost every second ball, it was unreala spineless midfield.
Other than on very rare occasions, we still persist in playing alehouse, because we are not good enough to create, and play it on the ground. Always rushed, without time, without composure, a sure sign of players who are just not up for it!
Ramsey got further abuse at the end, I felt for him, but can’t argue against it. As someone said before, he’s like a rabbit caught in the headlights!
Good to see so many faces
Marco Djuricin’s second-half strike earned Brentford victory over West London rivals Queen’s Park Rangers and their fourth straight Championship win. The Austrian forward lost his marker and fired home Alan Judge’s cross from six yards shortly before the hour mark.
The visitors enjoyed the better of a goal-less first-half at Griffin Park as Massimo Luongo hit the woodwork twice. But QPR struggled for creativity after the break
as Matt Phillips saw their best effort saved by David Button.
The victory was Brentford’s first over QPR since a 6-1 win in August 1965, although this was only their eighth meeting since, the last of which came in 2004.
An often scrappy, first-half burst to life five minutes before the break when Luongo headed Phillips’s cross against the bar. The Australian midfielder was denied by the woodwork again moments later when his curling effort struck the post.
Brentford looked invigorated after half-time as Djuricin’s fierce shot was palmed away by QPR goalkeeper Robert Green and John Swift fired the rebound wide.
Phillips’s powerful header was kept out well by Button at the other end before Djuricin finally broke the deadlock. The 22-year-old, on loan from Salzburg, stole in at the near post and lashed in his fourth league goal of the season.
QPR’s top scorer Charlie Austin came on as a second-half substitute after a month out with a hamstring injury, but was unable to make an impact as Chris Ramsey’s men were left with two wins since August.
Lee Carsley’s Brentford, whose last defeat came against Derby at the start of October, overtook QPR into 10th in the table.
Brentford head coach Lee Carsley: “It’s a big job, we are pushing to be in the Premier League and it’s not a first-timer’s job.”
“I thought it was a great night for us. It was a different build-up in terms of expectation, with QPR being a former Premier League team and the fact we hadn’t beaten them for so long.”
“Its nights like that that you remember when you retire. The main thing has been trying to get the belief back with the lads.”
“They weren’t doing themselves justice at the start of the season. But all the things they weren’t doing, they are doing now.”
QPR manager Chris Ramsey: “You have to take your chances when you get them and we didn’t do that.”
“When you go away and play in this league you have to play ugly and sometimes we are being too na√Øve. We gave the ball away cheaply for their goal, we went for a counter-attack and they ended up scoring.”
“The fans want the bragging rights and we feel sorry for them. They gave us support and unfortunately we haven’t been able to give them the three points.”
Gary Smee – BBC Sport
I met up with Jimmy and Kevin in Duffys Bar across the road from Northfields Station, and later we moved on to the Plough for something to eat.
Yes Massimo Luongo did hit the woodwork twice in the first-half, but generally we were so predictable and negative again. The R’s players don’t seem comfortable with what they are supposed to be doing.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas still takes all the throw-ins and where is the variety and quality in what we do? Aimless balls following slow build-ups that tended to go sideways and then backwards!
Some say that this is consolidation, which I don’t get at all. Friday night was more humiliation in my book! My expectations aren’t that high but get someone in now who knows the game at the level.
As at Fulham, there was nowhere for Chris Ramsey to hide when he walked back across the pitch to the dressing room and he was getting it from fans who I wouldn’t describe as your archetypal boo boys. I don’t like it but understand the frustration at the end of a game when we’ve just been humiliated again!
I was there in 1965 when Brentford stuffed us 6-1, but Alec Stock soon turned it around. We went on to finish third and they were relegated.