QPR (1) – Burton Albion (2) – ‘Easy to Dig Out the Players, but for me, Ollie Cost us the Game’

Team: Smithies, Bidwell (Mackie), Onuoha, Lynch, Furlong, Hall (Washington), Wszolek, Doughty (Manning), Luongo, LuaLua, Sylla

Subs Not Used: Ingram, Perch, Shodipo, Eze

Attendance: 12,116 (including 212 Burton fans)

Sylla’s attitude stunk on Saturday. No movement, zilch hold-up play and when he won any headers they went straight to the opposition! How can he go from being superb at Reading, to poor against Fulham and then dreadful on Saturday???

I think Ollie’s selection was wrong before kick-off and it didn’t improve one bit in the game. Play your best team EVERY game. Resting players who have hardly played, to me, is absolutely ridiculous. Clueless!

He blamed the players after the Blackburn cup defeat and he’s done it again. Take a long look in the mirror!


It was an unacceptable performance by the vast majority of players, but moreover from Ollie himself.

A poor team selection compounded by substitutions, with the game gone, that were too little and way, way too late…Jamie Mackie on 87 minutes? If that’s all he can manage, then he shouldn’t be on the bench.

Easy to dig out the players, but for me, Ollie cost us the game. I don’t give a flying fxxk about saving players for away matches…we’re not in the Champions League…win your home games.

The fact that Sylla stayed on the pitch for the entire game says all I need to know, appalling management!

On another note, all three subs done well when they came on. Too much nonsense said about Ryan Manning. No doubt a good player, but it is premature to say the least, and doesn’t help him.

Jimmy Murray
Nigel Clough put aside the on-going speculation about becoming Nottingham Forest boss to guide his struggling Burton Albion side to victory at QPR.

Clough, who has been granted permission to discuss the managerial role at his former club, saw the visitors lead through Luke Murphy’s 30-yard strike.

Lloyd Dyer’s breakaway effort put an increasingly impressive Burton 2-0 up.

Conor Washington’s shot gave hope of a comeback, but the visitors held on to climb out of the relegation zone.

The Brewers had lost seven of their previous eight Championship matches and eight from nine in all competitions, but stifled the home side in the first-half.

Murphy’s stunning 12th-minute effort was Burton’s first goal in their fifth match of 2017 and gave them the belief to seize control.

Dyer’s finish through keeper Alex Smithies’ legs, after exchanging passes with loan signing Lasse Vigen Christensen, put Clough’s men well on top.

Substitute Washington scored at the second attempt – his fourth goal of the season – as QPR switched to two up front.

Dyer twice wasted good chances to make it 3-1 after good work by Jackson Irvine, while Washington forced a fine save from keeper Jon McLaughlin.

But the Brewers were able to see out just their second away league win of the season and ensure a first defeat in five matches for QPR

QPR manager Ian Holloway: “It’s bitterly disappointing, because I thought we could play better than that and give a better show of ourselves.”

“I’m sick and fed up of feeling like I do now. It’s not how I want to feel. We have to assert ourselves on games and we didn’t do it in the way I wanted us to.”

“I need to bring the right sort of people in if I can. We’ve got lots of things spinning at the moment. Which way are they going to drop? We’re not sure yet.”

“But hopefully they’ll give me the right sort of selection problems so I can build a team that can win different types of games.”

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough: “It was important to get out of the bottom three and we’ve done that. This game today was so important for the club.”

“Whatever happens in the next few days happens. The most important thing was to not let it get in the way of what happened today. This game has been the priority all along.”

“The players have been great in training as always – you saw the work-rate.”

BBC Sport

One of the main moans on the way home was why did Ollie decide to change our starting line-up?

As for his substitutions, it wasn’t until the 74th minute when Ollie introduced Ryan Manning. And as for Jamie Mackie, he finally came on in the 87th minute after waiting on the touch-line for what seemed like at least 5 minutes!!!

The Brewers took an early lead when Luke Murphy, in space, curled a 25-yard shot past a motionless Alex Smithies.

Lloyd Dyer doubled the visitors’ lead after 52 minutes and Conor Washington later pulled a goal back for the R’s.

Tony Hazell and Peter Ramage were the latest former players to be inducted into the ‘Forever R’s Club’.

Steve Russell