Stoke City 2-3 Queens Park Rangers

Queens Park Rangers continued Stoke City’s miserable run of defeats with a 3-2 win at the Britannia Stadium which consolidated the west Londoners’ position in the top half of the Premier League. Join Football Burp in taking a sneaky peak at various reactions from the notoriously fickle world of online fans’ forums…

Ryan Shawcross' goal couldn't prevent Stoke City going down 3-2 at home to QPR.
Shawcross... Notched (Image courtesy of Add92)

Stoke City

stokiematt1992 from oatcakefanzine.proboards.com said…

“am sick of seeing threads and comments about him saying how poor he has been. For me he has been one of the best players we have got. Won all the aerial battles against QPR, brought the ball down countless times. Yes he missed an awkward sitter but he was at full bloody stretch to get to it in the first place, and it was cleared, not put wide. He also put an inch perfect pass in for Walters’ goal.

The biggest problem we have is the fact we have one attack. Hoof to Crouch, let him bring it down, (which by the way – his ball control is the best we have), pass it to 1 of 3 players only, no-one else will move as they are busy defending. Matty, Pennant, Walters: those are your options now pick, and if they are all being man marked for whatever reason, wait for one of them to lose their man.

If we would just use a centre midfield like we should we would be far more effective, we could attack in force and it would make it more difficult to defend against. Even against QPR – you can not tell me that whitehead and delap are being paid 30k a week and can’t move forward collect the ball and pass it 5 yards, not even as an attacking movement, just to keep possession.

We can bring in Palacios and Wilson, are two best passers but without a change in tactics from the man in charge we will never score many goals, and to blame Crouch is a complete joke, the guys gave his all every game he’s played and we looked worse when he came off.”

heavysoul from oatcakefanzine.proboards.com said…

“Need to keep TP but some of the players obviously do not want to play, QPR scored 3 of the easiest goals ive seen at the Brit. where has the passion gone ? QPR had people unmarked everytime especiallly in the wide areas. I thought Ethers seemed to be getting better but Pennant didnt show anything today also one or two others need to ask themselves if they want to play for Stoke!”

Irish Stokie from oatcakefanzine.proboards.com said…

“Our defensively frailties are much worse than simply over committing players for set pieces. We very rarely give goals away on the break from our own set pieces and we scored the vast majority of our goals from set pieces so the risk is certainly worth taking.

Our problems have been that we seem unable to mark opposing players, which leads to free headers like Helguson at the weekend. We need to become more organised and have better concentration levels, stick with players we are marking and get back to basics. We know the back four that played at the weekend have the ability to become a rock solid defensive unit, but they are extremely low on confidence and we need to keep faith with them and the continuity will be rewarded with clean sheets.”

Heidar Helguson's brace helped QPR to a 3-2 win at Stoke City.
Helguson... Ice man cometh (Image courtesy of Jon Candy)

Queens Park Rangers

T-Block from www.qprdot.org said…

“Helguson is technically excellent.Always rated him.I believe most fans look at a player for five seconds and decide ‘by the look of him’ whether he is any good.Truth is all strikers stop scoring for a few games-then out comes the “nah-never rated him.Too small -too slow”.
Forget all that , he is that rare thing – an intelligent footballer”

klr from qprreport.proboards.com said…

“The Manager must take complete credit for some frightenenly “un QPR” type performances, infact, most of the performances since he has come in have been “un QPR” type performances, he really has galvanised the whole club & left his Warnock blueprint all over this club.
Its unbelievable how players work for him, he should be & I want him to be England manager, I think there will be a whitewash & the dodgy crook will get it & also with Warnock there is a touch of the “Brian Clough syndrome” about him which the tossers at the FA definately wouldnt like, but how he deserves that job, it would be the fitting & just end to his career.”

Budgie’s Hat-Trick from www.qprdot.org said…

“I think my son’s are getting fed up with the amount of times I keep going on about Faurlin.

Not only is his passing brilliant as he continually inspires and demands his teammates to keep up to whatever pace he creates – I find that he ALWAYS finds a space so that others can pass to him.

Against Man City – he did all that and his vision & reading of the game was so good that he broke up their attacks when he was even on the ground.

Player of the Season already IMO.

(Although I think I’m developing a soft spot for all our boys at the mo. What a slag.)”

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