A bit of an odd one. As Chelsea, Arsenal, Totts and these two London clubs were all playing in the capital yesterday, our games kicked off at 16.20? A new one even for Sky.
Arriving in Green Street wasn’t quite the same as Wembley Way for the NFL, but we did have a band in the car park. Some good old Ska from the SkaTonics who were covering Guy Lombardo’s (and latterly Prince Buster’s and The Specials) Enjoy Yourself. Being a bit of a 2 Tone man myself, I stuck around for a couple of tracks and then headed in with a spring in my step.
I was quite confident for once, as our last win was over Liverpool and we were a linesman’s flagstick width away from a draw at Man U the previous week. QPR were on a poor run of form, which most expect to last at least until the end of the season. A team of old pro’s is always going to struggle in the premier league, whatever their vintage. Some of these were known well to us, Rob Green, Rio Ferdinand and Bobby Zamora and our old friend Harry Redknapp. Greeno gave the south stand a full round of applause and crossed arms on his appearance down our end. Rio was more reticent, as befits him trying to be a senior statesman these days. However when the game kicked off he was more like a senior citizen. Its a shame to say, but the lad just doesn’t have it anymore. His positioning is still good, but poor tackling and woeful passing suggest the sun is setting on this particular career.
Greeno made some good saves early on, but was wrong footed by his own defender after 6 mins, when Onuoha turned a corner into his own net to open the scoring for the Hammers. The first half played out comfortably for WHU, with no real threat from QPR.
Hoilet was substituted for Zamora at half time by’Arry, and Z looked a handful, giving Tomkins the run around all half. Probably says more about Tompka than Mr Z if I’m honest. QPR had more of ball, and looked good without shooting except for a couple of half chances for Austin. In the 60th minute Tomkins redeemed himself, heading a ball from a free kick over Greeno for the goal machine Sakho(!) to score his 5th in 5 games. 2-0 WHU
Then we were home and hosed, Nolan got a run out and went close as well, he just needed more power on the shot.
In the end it was an easy win, but not without problems. Everybody played well, everbody. But Sam will want Noble and Nolan in when fit and we have Kouyate to come back in as well. Do we drop Song (MOTM again), or the obvious Zarate and Amalfitano, and then which of the 3 come back in? For me Noble and Kouyate and Nolan goes to the Championship in Jan, where he will do a good job for someone. Sorry, but that’s progress. Downing looks like a new player in the middle, which adds another dimension for Sam attacking football (TM).
Burnley next. Lets hope for another 3 points and a bit more of a push up the league.