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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Post-Match Comments: QPR's Flowers "I can't understand the anxiety at this place...you hear the fans boo. It's madness but that's football..."

- Tim Flowers praised Rangers' courage, after goals from Angelo Balanta and Akos Buzsaky clinched a 2-1 victory against Nottingham Forest at Loftus Road.
The R's Assistant Manager told www.qpr.co.uk: "We were biting our nails towards the end, but I think we definitely deserved the victory over the course of the 90 minutes.
"I thought we were better in the first half than they were. It was quite an entertaining game but we just didn't get the breaks.
"In the second half, we got our noses in front and then got a second and that eased some of the anxiety about the place.
"Their goal rocked us back into our shell, but we were good value for the win and it's a vital three points."
Flowers added: "I thought we were too deep at times as a defensive unit, but we improved in the second half and our courage was excellent."
The win lifted Rangers to sixth in the Championship table - and just three points adrift of third spot.
"I don't think we're too far off the pace. We're sixth and in a strong position," said Flowers.
"I can't understand the anxiety at this place. "We were tenth going in to the match and now we're sixth and in the last 16 of the Carling Cup, with a tie at Old Trafford to look forward to.
"If someone misplaces a pass by an inch or something suddenly you hear the fans boo. It's madness but that's football and we'll have to cope with it."

Under-pressure Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood remained defiant after his struggling side lost 2-1 at QPR.
Angelo Balanta and Akos Buzsaky scored to give Rangers a much-needed victory and leave Forest without a win in nine games.
Forest are still bottom of the Championship and frustration is growing among their supporters - some of whom barracked Calderwood after his 76th-minute substitution of Paul Anderson, who had been the visitors' best player.
But Calderwood insisted: "We will get through this stage and will be better for it. We'll end up stronger.
"We've got good players and they are better than their position in the league suggests at the moment.
"I'll drive forward. We want to be successful. We don't want to be bottom of the league but learning periods aren't always successful.
"But we've got to arrest this quickly. We can't be blas about it and say we're doing well, because we're not."
Forest went behind three minutes after half-time, when Fitz Hall's long throw was headed on by Damien Delaney and Balanta's close-range shot went in off the underside of the bar.
Another throw from Hall again proved to be Forest's undoing on the hour mark. This time his delivery from the right was cleared only as far airst win in five League matches.
Calderwood admitted: "In the end it was a fair result because we didn't defend well from two throw-ins, and that gave QPR a start in the game.
"When you're without a win and bottom of the table, that's a lift you cannot afford to give the opposition.
"We've been unluckily defeated a few times this season, but this wasn't one of them."

The result eased the pressure on QPR boss Iain Dowie, whose assistant Tim Flowers bemoaned the attitude of the home fans.
Flowers said: "When quality players here miss passes by the smallest distance, there's anxiety all round the place.
"I can't understand that anxiety. We're sixth in the table and in the last 16 of the Carling Cup, which I believe is this club's best run in the competition for a long time."

He added: "It wasn't a good time to concede a goal - seven or eight minutes from the end - but sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say 'that was a great strike'. McGugan's free-kick was fantastic technique and no-one's going to save that.
"It was important after the run of games we've had that we got our noses in front, which we did. Their goal rocked us back a bit but it was a good result and a good three points.
"The first goal was vital and, fortunately, we got it today.
"We then hunted the ball better in the second half and we've got pace at the back, so there was no need to worry and sit deep. It was about being brave." Sporting Life

Nottingham Forest Official Site - CC On Defeat At QPR
After a good first half performance Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood was disappointed that mistakes cost them the chance of their first away win of the season. He told us: "It was an excellent performance in the first half but marginal mistakes have cost us."
QPR scored two goals early in the second half and Calderwood commented: "We were guilty of slack defending and just weren't in the right positions.
"If you take the bitter disappointment of the goals out it was a good response and a monumental effort.
"It was tough to get a break ,but Lewis scored with a super goal and that gave us a push towards the end of the game."
Calderwood was encouraged by the contribution that Paul Anderson made on his debut after returning from injury, saying: "It was encouraging what he did, especially in the first half, there were glimpses of what he can do, but there is so much more to come from him.
"We had to make the substitution when we did, it was obvious that he could not play the full 90 minutes"
Forest don't have long to wait to get back on the pitch as they meet Crystal Palace for the second time in a month at the City Ground on Tuesday night and the manager added: "We have got to get a win to get closer to the other teams. We have to get bigger, better, stronger and braver to prepare for Tuesday night." Nottingham Forest

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