CITY 1 QPR 3
This was a dreadful match between two dreadful teams, both rightly involved at the wrong end of the Championship table.
The pre-match omens were not good with McAuley and Porter both unavailable. As it turned out the absence of the former was pivotal in the nature of City's defeat and Levi's absence simply showed that although he is physically disadvantaged at this level he is a much better prospect than Yeates.
The first half was a continuation of the second half against Leeds. We had the vast majority of the possession but never really looked like scoring. Hume, our best player by a long way, was lively throughout but could not break them down on his own.
A free kick was well saved by Camp, on loan from Derby; a fortieth minute effort during our best spell of pressure was blocked by the QPR defence and an earlier long shot was comfortably saved. Apart from this we only threatened when Horsfield failed with a poor header from an excellent Yeates cross, which unfortunately turned out to be his only major contribution.
Horsfield was almost anonymous throughout and clearly has no part to play in next season's promotion push. I hope this will be from the Championship but if we continue to play so badly it could be from Division 1. We have a tough run-in and will not gain many more points with the current squad. When we are bad we are very, very bad and the frequent, deserved chants of 'What a load of rubbish' showed how bad we were.
There was a big clue just before half-time when City's defence panicked and after a spell of pin-table richochets the ball inevitably fell to one of their strikers, the gigantic Nygaard. He had been hopeless up to this point and in keeping with his earlier play he hit the best chance of the half well wide. Who would have thought that in the second half this most limited of players would turn out to be the most influential player on the pitch?…..