Going Down? At the season half-way mark, QPR have one win and 10 Points from their first 19 Games. To stay up, QPR will need 8 or 9 wins and around 27 or more points from their next 19 games.
The irony of course is that we were all so jubilant when we stayed up last season. With benefit of hindsight, the hole we'd have been in would have been a lot shallower than the hole that we're going to be in now, if (or when) we go down, this season.
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This game culminated in frantic if rather belated Rangers pressure, with West Bromwich Albion heaving admirably to preserve their narrow lead, but it ultimately ended lost to a goal that defied belief. The home side were trailing to Chris Brunt's thunderous first-half shot when, early in the second period, the midfielder's corner was nodded up rather than out by Armand Traoré. The ball looped towards goal where Rob Green had been edged behind his line by Marc-Antoine Fortuné, the forward clearly backing into the goalkeeper.
He was off the ground but hampered as he pawed at the loose ball, managing only to palm it into his own net rather than over the bar, but Chris Foy's whistle for an offence never materialised. The protests were instant and livid, and would be revived after the final whistle, but all fell on deaf ears. That much felt mystifying, particularly in the context, for example, of the reward denied Everton's Leon Osman at Upton Park at the weekend which had suggested goalkeepers are untouchable.Green departed wearing the haggard look of a man wondering why he tends to attract such indignity.
"How can a goalkeeper play the ball when the fella is backing into him?" asked Redknapp. "Someone said Rob should have pushed him over, but he would have given a penalty then. Fortuné had no intention of playing the ball. He just wanted to stop Green getting to the ball, and that's obstruction … It was a blatant foul."
Just to complete Redknapp's misery, Liam Ridgewell's handball from Djibril Cissé's header at the far post in stoppage time went unnoticed, with the home team bellowing for a penalty. "I asked the linesman how he didn't see that penalty – it was the most blatant handball you could wish to see – but he said it was murky down there in that corner and he couldn't make it out," said Redknapp. "Maybe he should go to Specsavers. I thought they were both awful decisions. Scandalous decisions."
That particular criticism was directed against the assistant referee Harry Lennard, though the QPR manager has previous with Foy from his time at Tottenham Hotspur and had been warned as to his future conduct a little over a year ago for suggesting the official "was quite enjoying not giving us anything" during a loss at Stoke. Appropriately enough, two of Redknapp's gripes that day centred upon handballs going unacknowledged by the officials.
The Football Association may now choose to write again to Redknapp, though QPR can ill afford to be gripped by a sense of injustice. The penalty appeal came amid frantic late pressure, Ben Foster saving wonderfully from Clint Hill's header, after Cissé had halved the arrears from Stéphane Mbia's precise pass. Yet the flurry of missed opportunities at the death rather coloured memories of the occasion. For long periods, Rangers had been rather aimless with West Bromwich in control from the moment Brunt belted them ahead from 30 yards, the midfielder exploiting space allowed him by a daydreaming Adel Taarabt. Indeed, Albion should have settled the contest long before those opportunities were shipped in injury time.
Once they had eased into the game, shrugging off the inconvenience of a late arrival from their Park Lane hotel with Shepherd's Bush gridlocked by the Boxing Day sales, and weathered QPR's early urgency, they might have run riot. There were opportunities for Romelu Lukaku and James Morrison, and an eye-catching display from Youssouf Mulumbu in central midfield, so it was easy to comprehend how this side can be level on points with the Champions League qualification places at present.
Certainly, that recent blip has been dispatched with this second successive win. They will travel to Old Trafford on Saturday with confidence. Redknapp welcomes Liverpool to this arena 24 hours later with little leeway for further failure. "A bad day, a bad result, we're bang in trouble and stuck back at the bottom," he added. "But it ain't over yet. That's for sure." Guardian
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